Yomut Turkmen Embroidery, Central Asia, circa 1850, 10”x  9”

An old and rare embroidered “bokche” (small personal bag, originally folded in an envelope shape), made by women for themselves and used for keeping small personal possessions, ie. jewelry, gold, etc.  The embroidery consists of silk thread (slightly worn in places, see detail images) on a distinctively colored trade cloth ground.   This ground cloth is very rare and seldom seen, apparently suggestive of greater age than other similarly decorated embroideries by the Yomut.

The colors are all derived from natural dyes.

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