Kirghiz Kap

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Posted by R. John Howe on July 11, 1999 at 10:14:58:

"Dear folks -

I wonder if the "Khrygyz chuval" here here has sufficient white in two strips to decide that they are done on a white-ground. This might let us add the Khirgiz to the groups that made "ak" chuvals. This image is from George O'Bannon's translation and discussion of Moshkova's "Carpets of the Peoples of Central Asia." Figure 58, page 137. It is nearly identical to a "Kirghiz kap" in Tsareva, Plate 141, page 197.

I was offered a Kirghiz piece of this type at the Philadelphia ICOC that seemed to me to have more than two white ground strips in it but I have no photo.

Interestly, Moshkova says explicitly in her discussion of Tekke ak and kizil chuvals (page 217, last sentence) that "Such articles were also produced by
tribes other than the Tekkes, for example, the Yomud." There are not any examples in the Yomut section of this book and Moshkova is making this claim
in a passage in which she has been detected to have made some seeming fairly serious errors in describing structural variations in Tekke weaving.


R. John Howe

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