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Saturday, October 7, 2017
10 a.m. Refreshments     10:30 a.m.  Program

What the heck is a khorjin?
Woven Saddle Bags from Rug-Weaving Regions


Patrick Weiler
Collector, Independent Researcher, and
and Program Chairman,
Seattle Textile and Rug Society, Seattle

      Khorjin is the Persian name for a double bag used in the transport of material goods. They were used during seasonal migrations and for all around daily use. There are versions large enough for carrying heavy loads such as grain, foodstuffs, household goods, bedding materials and even small animals. They were brought to markets with goods to sell, and to transport purchased items back home. Most nomadic weavers made them in soumak, slit-weave tapestry and embroidery, as these were structures that were somewhat lighter in weight. Some were made in a combination of techniques including soumak and pile. Many of the khorjin extant today are in knotted pile and they are varied in size, shape, closure types and bridge widths. Considering that horses, donkeys and camels were the only modes of transportation available, even through the first half of the 20th century, these ubiquitous bags have survived in a remarkable variety of designs and styles.Pat will explore these delightful works of art, and there will be a substantial number of examples to view and examine.
        Pat Weiler is the President and Program Chairman of the Seattle Textile and Rug Society, and a serious rug collector and independent researcher.  Pat has presented a program to TMA/SC on a survey of flat-weave techniques.  He is on the Board of Directors of Turkotek, the internet rug site, and an administrator of the Facebook group Baluch Studies.  Pat will bring a suitcase full of khorjins, and he invites TMA/SC members to bring khorjins for a show & tell.

Luther Hall,  Lower Level     St. Bede’s Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA  90066-1904
Just south of the 10 freeway, and west of the 405, near the intersection of Centinela and Palms.
Free parking.

Admission:    TMA/SC Members  Gratis . . . . .  Guests  $10

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