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Subject  :  Patchwork Camel Trapping
Author  :  Steve Price
Date  :  02-18-2000 on 02:22 p.m.
sprice@hsc.vcu.edu Dear People, The first picture in Stephen's Salon introduction shows the bridal camel in a wedding procession. It's all decked out with an asmalyk on the flank, a kejebe on the top in which the bride is presumably concealed, and a trapping that covers the top of its head and comes down the neck. This is an image of such a trapping: It's a sort of a patchwork affair, with squares of embroidery, what appears to be Uzbek ikat, and some velvet fragments sewn together at their corners to hang down alongside the animal's neck. This construction is typical of the ones I've seen. The same is true of the locks of hair that are attached to the largest piece. I have no idea what significance the hair has; it appears to be human. I thought some of our readers might be interested in the image; these things don't show up in most books. Steve Price

Subject  :  RE:Patchwork
Author  :  JimAllen
Date  :  02-24-2000 on 10:25 a.m.
Here is a close-up of the "head piece" cut from a truly old embroidery from one of these animal trappings; which I believe is Turkoman. These seldom show the depth of design one might encounter in an important tekke embroidered rectangular trapping. I know from my reading THE MERV OASIS, by Edmond O'Donovan that the rich Tekke had these hung in their domiciles and they were not quick to show them to anybody. I say all this because it is my impression that the young brides may very well have been the creators of these less complex but time consuming embroidered ornaments. Jim Allen

Subject  :  RE:Patchwork Camel Trapping
Author  :  Patrick Weiler
Date  :  02-24-2000 on 11:04 p.m.
jpweil00@gte.net The suggestion that the asmalyk may represent armor could also explain the head/neck trapping. The patchwork squares imitate chain-mail and the solid pieces would be tin plates. The complete ensemble would then be an imitation of an armored camel making off with the reluctant bride. But what do the tin cans tied onto the bumper of the car our western newlyweds drive off in after the wedding represent? Inquiringly, Patrick Weiler

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