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This textile is called a "Saye Gosha" or "Segusha", made by the Turkmen in Afghanistan. Similar textiles are also made by the Uzbek who are known for their cross-stitched designs. (See this discussion on TurkoTek, the must-see site for tribal textiles: http://www.turkotek.com/salon_00108/s108t4.htm) As stated there, similar V-shaped pieces are used to decorate rolls or of quilts and bedding that would be stacked against the wall of a yurt. Another site said that these are actually sewn on to the back corner of a quilt so that each family member can find their own bedding easily. Makes sense to me!

I adapted one into a stole for a pastor friend years ago. Turned out beautifully! I've also thought they would look great stitched to a jean jacket or coat. I have one draped over an old chair in my living room.

This piece is silk on cotton fabric with an interesting crocheted border. (See Turkotek discussion: http://www.turkotek.com/mini_salon_00014/embroidery.htm). The embroidery is gorgeous and has a beautiful sheen from the silk threads. The piece does show some wear: dye colors have bled, the trim has come loose in one area and some of the embroidered areas look a bit thin. But the colors are so rich and luscious and the handwork is perfectly done- an absolute beauty! I happen to prefer textiles that show some distress, some history in how they were used. If that is also your taste, you will love this piece, too.


Band width: 5" (13 cm)
Fringe: 4-6" (10-15.5 cm)
From tip to middle on the inside: 36" (92)
From tip to middle on the outside: 46" (117)

Estimated age: 1960's

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Afghanistan has been at the heart of the crossroads for the Silk Road for centuries. Nomads and generations of ethnic groups have thrived on trade and beautiful handicraft skills. Textiles, embroidery and carpet weaving continue to represent a plethora of skills that extend on into metal work, wood work, and ceramics. Designs reflect both the beauty of nature and life of spirit in choice of colors and fluidity of the design.

Recommended reading: "Traditional Textiles of Central Asia" by Janet Harvey, a wonderful illustrated book on textiles from Afghanistan and the region.

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Vintage Turkmen Textile: Ethnic Wallhanging, Saye Gosha 4


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: cotton, beads, fabric, embroidery floss, silk, seed beads, fringe
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 269 reviews
  • Favorited by: 82 people