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TRIBAL ARTIFACTS Page 1
In addition to the tribal and rural weaving of rugs, kilims and bags there is another whole group of textiles which are vital to the way of life of tribal and rural groups throughout Central Asia and North Africa - we call these "TRIBAL ARTIFACTS". They are both for daily use and ceremony. Fortunately they divide into three separate groups.
CLOTHING - Many items of headwear, belts, shawls, coats, even shoes are still made from the basic components of wool, goat and camel hair, silk and leather
THE HOME - Be it a tent or dwelling is decorated with long tent bands which are not only decorative but structurally important. Tassels and ropes are important as are cloths for spreading on the floor for communal dishes of food to be served. Door hangings to keep out the weather (and chickens) and other special hangings are often displayed on ceremonial occasions.
ANIMALS - for everyday work need saddle blankets but it is for ceremonial days they are at their finest. Superb head dresses, chest and back covers, even knee pads. Smaller animals have collars. There are even covers for the ends of tent poles being transported by camels.