This düýe başlyq (camel trapping) features a variety of woven striped and embroidered fabric squares joined corner to corner to create a checkered network. As with this piece, the central panel of the düýe başlyq often featured swatches of children’s hair or eagle-owl feathers to assure healthy and numerous births.

Camel trappings also included camel knee-pads (düýe dizliq) and side panels (kuroma) that covered the flanks, also composed of a network of diamond patches, some of which were embroidered.

Camel trappings (düýe başlyq)
Yomut people
circa
1930
1950
Made in
Turkmenistan
60.5
60.5
IQSCM, Gift of the Robert and Ardis James Foundation
2010.045.0011