Spindle Bag

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This bag was designed to hold wooden spindles. Symmetrically knotted pile across the bottom provides additional support in the area subject to the most wear. Characteristic of Bakhtiari works is the weft-faced plain-weave ground in white cotton and animal hair, used for added strength. With the blue faience beads, the tassels served to protect the owner from the "evil eye," or malign spirits.

Spindle Bag, Wool (warp, sumak weft, pile, and tassels), cotton (ground weft and tassels), goat(?) hair (side finishes and tassels), metal rings, braided strap, and faience beads (tassels); weft-faced plain weave with pattern in sumak extra-weft wrapping (front and back); symmetrically knotted pile (bottom edge)

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