Embroidery with Endless Repeat Pattern
Central Asia, Uzbekistan, 19th Century
Cotton, silk embroidery,
30.5 x 35.5 cm (12 x 14 in)
J. Alper Smith
This is thought to be the work of one of the tribes of southern Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, either the Lakai or Kungrad, who are noted for their artistically adventurous embroideries. At one time, similar objects were used as containers in the tent, but over the course of time, though they continued to be made, they ceased to be functional and served a purely decorative purpose. Most often they would be prepared in the manner of times past, with a back and an opening. The materials were not strong enough for practical use, and the opening, if present, would be tacked shut.