So here is Elibelinde motif that is found in Anatolia \u2013 in their weavings and other forms of art.\n[from Wikipedia]\n\u00a0\n [from google]\nIt has many creative renditions as we can see in the picture composed of kilims featuring this motif.\nNow here is a shawl I have had with me from Swat valley that is estimated to be from the 1800s.\n\nIt has been with me for a few years now and it is only this morning at 6 am that I realised that the motif is undeniably the Elibelinde motif!\n\nHow?\nHow did this cultural meme that is common to Anatolia / Turkey travel to Swat Valley?\nA distance of about 5000km!!\nIn an era with no internet \u2026 or planes \u2026 how did this meme come to be in two different geographical regions?\nAre there more Swat examples of this type surviving in the accessible domain? In any case the number of antique Swat examples is small for a variety of reasons. [will re-examine all in my possession to see if Elibelinde can be found in others]\nBack to the original question: HOW!\nThe answer to this question could\u00a0 certainly earn me a Ph.D. if I cared to exchange my precious time for the deep study of a single topic. But I have many lives to live within this one and cannot afford the luxury of loyalty and devotion to just one \nBut this makes this textile far more important to me than others of he category. For perhaps it holds within it a secret \u2026. and a lost past.\nMaybe the answer is already out there. Maybe people have already published this and this migration of culture\u00a0 is common knowledge.\nPlease share your knowledge with me if you know something about this.\nView more details of this lovely textile here.\njm\nMarch 2018\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post How did Elibelinde travel to the Swat Valley? appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.