AUD $78.00

Afghan, Old Wooden Heddle.

A small hand carved wooden “heddle” for weaving narrow (probably Nomad) long strips or bands of coarse cloth.

As the width of the “heddle” and the number of warps it can hold, determines the width of the resultant textile, this piece would have slid along a narrow, progressively longer band.
This possibly describes _"tent bands"- for holding Nomadic Tents or Yurts or more likely narrower bands for decorative hangings and tassels, securing bundles during migrations and even edging clothing like the ’tesma" bands the Uzbeks and Turkoman use (although they are usually finger braided.)

The holes have been chiselled not drilled and the gaps are hand sawn between them.
Incised designs on the front, both decorate and add extra grip, the handle has a worn hole to allow suspension, when not in use or travelling.
The back is plain without any incised decoration. The photos don’t do this rich wood justice once again it’s much better in “real life.”

The piece is deeply polished with wear and now has a quarter of it’s mass missing. This took place so long ago that the edge is now worn almost seemless.
And was used long after the damage occurred, though now any weavings would be a little narrower, by three threads.

Some examples of these woven bands are arriving here soon. Just check our New Arrivals occasionally.

We found it in Afghanistan, but before that I don’t know I’m assuming Baluchistan, but have no proof, possibly where wood is actually more available.

For the collector of Tribal Weavings, this is an unexpected little gem, perhaps even a piece of “treen” to be had.

AgeLate 19th/ Early 20th Century.

Size: L 30 cm x W 9 cm x D 6 mm.

Weight: 87 grams.