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Belouch Ballisht, or pillow bag, Afghanistan
Old, 1930-1940 ,
0.6 m by 1.1 m
Great example of a piece of fine weaving, intended for utilitarian use but executed in stunning, under stated style. The back of this piece is also interestingly woven with lovely details.
Ballisht were woven as part of a girls dowery and often woven to superb standards. They were use to carry all manner of tribal necessaries, from grain to rocks, baby lambs to the best textiles. Slung over camels or mules they were the mainstays of migration haulage!
Another important use was as cushions or pillows when stuffed with wool or straw for inside the black tents.