|Object Name:||Salt Bag|
|Place Made:||Asia: Central Asia, Afghanistan|
|Period:||Late 20th century|
|Dimensions:||L 42 cm x W 49 cm|
|Techniques:||Soumak; knotted pile; slit tapestry woven|
|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.