Posted by Patrick Weiler on July 15, 1999 at 08:57:09:
In Reply to: Re: Saddlebags?...and Grain Sacks posted by Steve Price on July 15, 1999 at 05:28:20:
: Dear Marla,
: Your comment about the structural continuity of the ropes that make up the lips of some ak juvals prompted me to look more closely at mine. The lip rope is, indeed, woven into the bag; the side ropes are sewn on. The lip rope is very much thinner and more tightly constructed than the side ropes, too. A much clearer image of this piece can be seen by anyone with old issues of ORIENTAL RUG REVIEW; it was on the cover as a large picture about 5 years ago. I don't have the exact reference handy, but I believe it was the last issue that used a flat spine.
: Steve Price
The ORR was April/May 1993, Volume XIII, Number 4.
I had a chance to look at a nice ak juval recently. It had rope sewn up each side, with a "handful" just above the middle that was loose. This loose segment did not appear to be sturdy enough, given that the ropes were just sewn on, to actually bear the weight of a bag full of grain. It looks as though it could be used as a tie-down loop when transporting the bag ( since they are single bags, there must have been a means of transporting them when migrating, or, if they were grain bags, when they were brought out to the field for filling) or when several were piled up to stabilize the bags on the pile.
Do the ropes on the sides of yours appear to be sewn on well enough to be used for lugging the full bag around?
It also had a plain, undecorated white back.
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