Saddle Bag, Bergama yoruk, Anatolia, Turkey
Kilim and sumac technique are both employed in this saddle bag, early 20th century. The less than perfect shape perhaps shows the tussle between displaying beauty to enrich their lives, and getting a functioning bag finished in time for the next migration to summer or winter camp.
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Life for many tribes around the world who depend on animals to subsist has often been a well of textile creativity, spurred on by a kind of joyful competitive spirit, not unlike the urge in some quarters to buy the latest model of a car! Being portable and fit for any of the many needs of their life, produced an amazing variety of bags and trappings, always expressing family, tribal, and regional pride.