Friday, 25 April 2014

...being inspired by a little hat!

In my ever-growing collection of tribal textiles...

...I have a child's hat...

...that is gorgeous....and fascinating!

I have done some research and think (only think mind...no proof!) that it is probably from the area around Karakalpakstan (or Qaraqalpaqstan) where it borders Turkmenistan (or the other way around!). The colours suggest Turkmen, but the decoration suggests Karakalpak. There is such a crossover of peoples around the countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan etc,  that geography is a bit difficult to pin down.

If anyone has any opinions, please let me know.....

The stitching is superb...

...and the decoration sumptuous.

It jangles like crazy and is very heavy. No evil spirits would have attacked the wearer of this head-topper!





An inspired tri-fold has begun....





x C

8 comments:

Iz said...

Have you read the Afghan Amulet by Sheila Paine? Just your sort of thing, I would think! I'd love to do a workshop with you - we pass through Crickowell en route Sussex/Cilcennin a few times a year!

Chris Gray said...

Yes Iz...I have read it and frequently thumb through it still! My copy is full of page tags and pencil marks/comments...this means it's a very good book!! :-)

Keep an eye on the Arts Alive website...or here to find out when the next workshops are being run. It'll be good to see you!

x C

Penny said...

What a fun piece of history. Poor little dickens if he tried to wear it he might have gotten a headache. Its so wonderful that you're keeping these symbols, designs and traditions alive through your work.

Living to work - working to live said...

I'm with Iz. We should have a bloggers meet somewhere so we can all meet each other and do something wonderful. I've got a quilt to finish then I hope to get back to the book making.

Chris Gray said...

Great idea Hilary!!

Where?....and when though??!!

đỗ quỳnh said...


I regret not biets this hat, but it's really very beautiful and gaudy colors look simple but it's really pretty incredible.hopy

deemallon said...

love that hat!! oh my goodness. And, how you translate to your own designs.

Charlton Stitcher said...

I've been away and only just caught up with this glorious hat - colour, beads and stitching. I can almost smell the special faint smell of the dyes ...