Saddle Bag with Geometric Designs

Baluch, Western Aghanistan (Afghan)
Mid 20th century
Wool, horse hair
Approximate : 27 x 62 in. (68.58 cm x 1.6 m)
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Gift of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
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Saddle bags are not purely utilitarian. The quality of their manufacture and the symbolism of their designs often convey important information about their owners’ ethnicity, social status and wealth. The color palette and designs on this saddlebag suggest it was woven by a Baluch woman from Western Afghanistan. Although she might have made the bag for her own family’s use, it is equally possible that she made it to sell in the marketplace. Because so many people traditionally used saddlebags to transport and store goods, the bags were always in demand and spare bags could easily be sold to earn extra money for the weaver’s family.

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