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Subject  :  A Yomud Torba
Author  :  Kenneth Thompson mailto:%20wkthompson@aol.com
Date  :  11-28-2000 on 08:48 a.m.
Amidst all the learned discussion, I have lost track of all the conditions
that an internal elem should meet, but I think that this Yomud torba may qualify.

The shape makes it hard to photograph, but the whole photo should show that there is an abrupt, symmetrical change of motif on both the left and right sides of the main border a quarter of the way up. One can mentally connect them with a horizontal line across the whole width.

At what would normally be the first/second motif of the white ground border, each side has an odd figure (a silhouette of an extraterrestrial with flags on each shoulder). It then surrenders to a traditional repeating triangle and cross border, marked by shift outwards a couple of knots. The demarcation line is very clear and may qualify as internal elem. The close-up gives a better idea.

What does it mean, if anything? Without a better grasp of Turkmen traditions and superstitions, it would be hard to tell. To me it looks like the weaver was taking creative liberties to vary an otherwise common border pattern before slipping back into the more conventional mode. I don't know enough about Turkmen designs to know whether this "extraterrestrial" is a common motif or the weaver's own creation, perhaps to confuse our ever-present foe, the evil eye.

Best regards,

Ken Thompson

Subject  :  Re:A Yomud Torba
Author  :  Yon Bard mailto:%20doryon@rcn.com
Date  :  11-28-2000 on 09:30 a.m.
Nice example!
Thanks, Yon

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