Storage Bag with Geometric Designs
Hazara, Afghanistan (Afghan)
DateLate 19th-early 20th century
DimensionsWork : 34 x 44 in. (86.36 cm x 1.1 m)
Credit LineGift of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
LabelThe Hazara people are thought to be descendants of Mongol invaders who settled in Afghanistan in the 13th century and intermarried with local Afghan and Iranian peoples. Many Hazara have historically been semi-nomadic, spending the winter in village houses and the summer in tents while minding their flocks. The ornamental netting around the edges of this Hazara bag suggests that it was meant to be hung on the wall of a house or tent. Bags of this shape can be used to hold anything from clothing to cooking implements.