|Author||:||Kenneth Thompson mailto:%email@example.com|
|Date||:||05-23-2001 on 08:52 a.m.|
Most of the Turkoman bags we have been discussing are either pile weavings or sophisticated flatweaves. Here is a departure: a felt bohcha of uncertain age, but probably early 20th century. It measures approximately 14 ½" by 15" without the tassels, and is made of natural colored felt that has turned a smoky yellow on the back. I had thought that this was from cooking smoke, but a knowledge Central Asia hand thought it more likely oil and sweat from being carried on a horse. The lady who sold it to me bought it on the Iran-Turkmenistan border, near the Caspian sea. (Yomud, pehaps?)
The diagonal ribs, ending in "ram's horns", are decorated with
Although there are a lot of felt "okbashis" coming out of the region these days, this is the first felt bohcha that I have come across. Have any of you had any experience with these?
|Author||:||Steve Price mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date||:||05-23-2001 on 09:08 a.m.|
The thing that the marketplace usually calls a bohcha (or bokche) is an unsewn textile that folds into the shape of your felt piece. It is believed to be a container for presentation of bread at a wedding. The sewn bags like yours (although I've never seen one done in felt) are usually called Koran bags.
Whether these attributed uses are accurate, of course, is another matter. I don't know whether they are or not.