An Afghan Kuchi nomad saddlebag which would have been used to carry grain or salt. This hand woven, hand knotted, bag would have been made by a Kuchi woman for her husband. The colours are still bright and the weft is 120 knots per square inch. It is 42 inches long and 15 inches wide.
The Kuchis are Pashtun who, because of the war, have been largely forced to abandon their traditional ways. It is sad. For more information on them I suggest you google them and look under Land of the Seven Scarves and Radio Free Europe. They are, or were, rather like gypsies constantly moving with their flocks for seasonal grazing. To see any group of indigenous people have to abandon their centuries old way of life for another man's war and greed is abhorrent.
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