The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Kazakh embroidered wall hangings

Anna Portisch

In western Mongolia, the summertime yurt of the Kazakh minority iselaborately decorated with textiles. Brightly-coloured felt carpets cover the grass floor, densely embroidered wall hangings (tus kiiz) decorate the lattice walls, and many other embroidered pieces and woven ribbons decorate the yurt. These textiles are made by girls and women in daily life. A recent exhibition at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, London focused on these craftswomen and their textiles.

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