When I first stepped into the world of textiles, I was enticed by the art that needed the heavy support of the craft.\nThe more pieces I saw from various regions in Asia my surprise increased instead of decreasing as expected.\nFor, is it not normal to expect that the more we cover, we have less and less remaining. But in this wonderland I feel like Alice \u2013 going up the down stairs \u2013 the more I distance I cover, the longer the path seems to get and the more distant the goal of\u00a0 \u2018I know all there is to know\u2019\u00a0 seems to be!\nThe latest wonder comes from a piece I have had for several years. A piece made and used by the nomads of Tibet. A piece from a hundred years ago. A piece that is as dirty as they come.\nThe photos I had were too small and the article had to be reshot.\nAnd that is when I rediscovered the wonder it holds:\nPresenting the fantastic and unusual woven pouch from Tibet.\n\nThe checkerboard pattern is a popular one in Tibet with several rugs being fashioned with that pattern. But this is the first time I have seen it on a flatweave bag.\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nAt the next level, it is unusual because of its trifurcated form. Salt bags used to transport salt on the backs of sheep and goats usually have a double bag structure so that they remain balanced on the back of the animal. Those are also significantly larger than this one. So this triple pouch probably had some other use, quite likely personal since the pouches are smaller than the usual salt bags.\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe largest is only 23 cm x 16 cm.\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nBut looking deeper we find more unsusual features:\nThere is an inner and an outer layer of weaving.\n\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\nThe reason for such a format, the complexity of the structure, the difficulty of creating this are all reasons to wonder!\nIf any reader is familiar with this type, please do send in a comment and share your knowledge.\nThis bag is a part of the WOVENSOULS collection and may be viewed here.\nAlice,\nAugust 2013.\n\u00a0\nThe post Nomadic Weaving Wonders appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.