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Kyrgyz Felt Fragment 
19th C (2nd half)
Central Asia 

5'6"x5'5"

INV#10303

Felt working has a special place among the domestic arts of the nomads of Eurasia. Produced more easily than woven textiles and with incredible  ...
Kyrgyz Felt Fragment
19th c (2nd half) Central Asia
5'6"x5'5"
INV#10303

Felt working has a special place among the domestic arts of the nomads of Eurasia. Produced more easily than woven textiles and with incredible insulating properties, felt was vital for the construction of yurts and life on the harsh steppe. In the Kyrgyz tradition, felt pieces composed of sewn and backed reciprocal designs are known as 'shyrdak'. Despite their utilitarian function, nomadic craftswomen imbued their felt pieces with the same care and artistry that defined their material culture. Nonetheless, the lifespan of a shyrdak was relatively short, about 10 to 15 years, and older pieces were frequently recycled for scrap or integrated back into newer production. Hence, older pieces are much more rare than one might expect. This square Central Asian shyrdak makes use of antique vegetable dyes. The reciprocal patterns are both dynamic and fundamental, combining design with complimentary contrasting color. This is a true example of authentic Central Asian tribal textile art. http://www.peterpap.com/rugDetail.cfm?rugID=10303

price:  $5200