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Nomadic Textiles of Central Asia CANCELLED Chris Alexander Wednesday 01 April 2020

The little-known textile cultures of the Kyrgyz, Turkoman and Karakalpak will be explored in this lecture. Houses made from wool that warm in the depths of winter, carpets that tell stories, woven bands that appease ancestors, embroideries that ward off evil and kilims that store kitchenware; everything was ready to be packed and carried on yak or camel at a moment's notice.