Re: Stripes - Functional?

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Posted by Patrick Weiler on July 11, 1999 at 21:10:21:

In Reply to: Re: Stripes - Functional? posted by Steve Price on July 11, 1999 at 18:07:56:

: Dear Erol,

: You raise an interesting question. Some years ago Jon Thompson suggested that the alternating stripes fo flatweave and pile on ak juvals helped prevent them from sliding off each other when they were stacked horizontally. I don't knowwhat, if anything, ever became of that suggestion.

: The idea has some problems:
: 1. The stripes are only on one face; the suggested function would work much better with striped front and back.
: 2. That can't possibly be the function for little things like the kap, which wouldn't have been stacked horizontally.

: Still, there could be something more than just decoration to the layout.

: Steve Price

Never having lived in a Yurt, I am not sure of this, but could the stripes be useful in identifying or differentiating this bag from others in a dark tent? If I may be presumptious, I do not believe that there was a light switch just to the right of the ensi.... I know that even with a small fire of embers it would be rather dim at night and, as you may know, the eye does not register colors in dim light, but does identify white/dark differences.
This would allow easy identification and less disturbance of others in very dark night or early morning.
Have you ever tried to get dressed in a low light room and discover, in the light of day that you have two distinctly different color socks on? or that your shirt does not match your pants? Now, I am rather certain that a tribal Turkman may not be too concerned about whether his or her socks matched, but it would be much more efficient to be sure that the bag you grabbed was the right one.

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