From the Amu Darya to the Potomac: Central Asian Bags from Area Collections

From the Amu Darya to the Potomac featured a selection of Central Asian pile bags, dating from the nineteenth century and earlier, that combine beauty with diverse utilitarian function. Objects included in the exhibition were drawn from private collections in the Washington area as well as from The Textile Museum's collections. Examples of bags made for different purposes were featured, including a chuval (large wall storage bag), khorjin (saddlebag), and namakdan (salt bag). The bags were all drawn from the Turkmen, Baluch, Uzbek, and Kyrgyz ethnic groups. The exhibition was guest-curated by Dr. Richard Issacson.