antique tent band yomut turkmen transcaspian steppes turkmenistan central asia

Antique Tent Band, Yomut Turkmen, Trans-Caspian Steppes, Turkmenistan, Central Asia.



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This magnificent, complete tent-band (yolami) was woven and knotted by a Yomut Turkmen nomad during the last quarter of the 19th century, probably as part of her wedding dowry, thus the depiction of the wedding camel, horse and rider. The band measures approximately 44 feet (13.41 metres) in length and is incredibly fine in weave and knotting. Bands of this high quality were amongst their most highly-prized possessions and symbolised the eternal cycle of life.
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