Old Turkoman embroidered household protective charm.
Width: about 6 inches
Length: 7 inches
Primary Colors: Multi
Embroidery, tassels with beads
Attachment: Two small strings at the top
Tumar protective charm measures 6 inches wide and is about 7 inches long including tassels. Embroidery in traditional patterns on a cardboard or thick folded fabric base. Yarn may be synthetic on this piece. Hand made cotton or other natural fiber tassels with thread-wrapped strands, a bit of knot work and white beads. There are two small strings at the top of this piece for tying. You could possibly tie a longer piece or loop to these to hang.
These old triangular household charms called 'tumar' or sometimes "dogachik" have been used for ages to protect the owner or wearer from evil spirits. Each is as different in pattern, colors and materials used as the individual makers, but all are the classic triangular shape representing a mountain, with colorful beads, embroidery, shells, fringe or other adornments to confuse and distract evil spirits. Hang one in your house or car to keep that pesky evil eye at bay!
This is a tribally used item. These pieces are entirely produced by hand and measurements will vary in places. This item may be faded, torn or frayed, have raw edges, may be dirty or smell of animals, smoke or incense.
A NOTE ABOUT COLOR: The yarn/thread used on this piece is newer (perhaps 30 years) and is not as susceptible to fading as some older pieces. It may even be synthetic. That said, it would be best to hang this item out of direct sunlight to keep colors bright and protect from fading. Keep this item dry, if there are natural dyes used here, they may bleed. The photos of this piece could not capture the true color of the blue and pink used. They are darker than they appear in the two full length photos and more closely resemble the color in the close up photo. Please remember that all computer monitors show color differently and there will be some variation.
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