Salt Bag

salt bag

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Object Name: Salt Bag
Place Made: Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan
Period: Late 20th century
Date: 1980
Dimensions: L 42 cm x W 49 cm
Materials: Wool
Techniques: Soumak; knotted pile; slit tapestry woven
ID Number: T2008.1.77
Credit: Gift of Max Allen

Despite the ethnic diversity of the nomads who made them, salt bags throughout Asia are very much alike. A salt bag is shaped like a geometrical bottle, with a larger body and a narrower mouth. A plaited cord for hanging is often attached to both top corners. Salt bags usually have the same design on both sides and are often decorated with tassels. All known weaving techniques are used to produce these bags including plain weave, interlocking and slit tapestry, supplementary weft and weft float. Pile salt bags are quite rare.