Woven Transport and Storage Bags

Raoul Tschebull (Mike)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Coffee House Club
20 West 44th St
6th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Doors open 6:00pm
Lecture 6:45pm

“Woven transport and storage bags from western and central Asia: How they were produced and used and why they continue to beguile collectors.”

The technology of nomadism, including what nomads wove, of what material, and for what purpose, is endlessly fascinating.  Bags woven by nomads and transhumants in an area from Anatolia through Central Asia slide between ethnographic art and rug collecting, especially if they are complete.  They come in many formats and weaves and have an epicenter in SW Iran.  I will show and try to explain the use for as many complete bags with as much variety as possible, and will include bagfaces.  I expect to bring 25-30 objects to the meeting.