Saddlebag with Mushwani Design
Saddlebag with Mushwani Design

Saddlebag with Mushwani Design


Artist
Baluch, Western Aghanistan (Afghan)
Date
Mid 20th century
Medium
Wool
Dimensions
Approximate : 32 x 72 in. (81.28 cm x 1.8 m)
Credit Line
Gift of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
Object Number
2017.51.12

Label
Textile dealers and collectors often refer to the distinctive hooked medallions on this saddle bag as a Mushwani design. The Mushwani (sometimes also spelled Mashwani) are a tribe of mixed Baluch and Pashtun ethnicity that has historically lived in the border regions where Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan intersect. At some point in history, this design may have functioned as an identity marker for the Mushwani tribe, but designs are notoriously fluid and are often copied by weavers from other groups. The dark colors used in this saddlebag suggest that it was woven in Western Afghanistan where the Mushwani people live, but we cannot say for certain that the weaver actually belonged to the Mushwani tribe.

 


Object Type
Textile