AUD $220.00

Uzbek, Old Lakai Bagface.

An older quite lively “mapramash” bagface, from Uzbekistan, with Lakai embroidered motifs and “rams’ horn” braiding around the edges.
Embroidered with classic octagonal lozenges, with rams’ horns seperated possibly by_"tree of life"_ or figural motifs (these are very unusual. Or are these motifs, protective “tumors” the triangular amulets that are sewn onto clothing, throughout Turkestan.) using a number of stitches including double chain and “basma” to fill in areas.
The ground is a faded black dense factory cotton, the silk floss used for the embroidery has mellowed and faded to a comforting “abrash” of gentle tones.

After long use as a storage bag, capable of being lashed to the side of a donkey during its seasonal travels, the face has been saved (removed from the original striped indigo bag and loops added accross the top) to be hung as a decorative heirloom wall hanging. Backed on the reverse with a deep indigo dyed, subtly striped_"denim"._
These “napramash” bags are the central feature of the bedding and textile display wall in the yurt or bedroom of an Uzbek household, even today. Filled with spare tent bindings or embroidery it forms the bottom layer of the stack, poorer households are known to have stuffed the empty _"mapramash"- with straw to keep up appearances.
Originally they were woven with a pile surface like Persian saddlebags but under the Soviets, the “iroki” cross stitch replaced the rug pile.
This example has the more unusual chain stitch, which may possibly be individuality or even transitional.
These bags though used by most of the tribes have different names, Uzbeks call them “napramash” the Lakai use “mapramash” the Kyrghiz “chavadan”

In good condition for its age, but showing some wear in the bold silk motifs around the main borders.

Like most bagfaces it would easily make a fine cushion cover or can be suspended by the loops across the top.
(these loops may be original as loops are normally used to close the “mapramash” for storage use.)

Age: Mid 20th century.

Size: L 110 cm x H 47 cm. ( L 43 ins x H 18.5 ins.)

Weight: 411 grams.