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Chanteh

Tribal textiles from Iran

Chantehs are small bags made by nomadic weavers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. They are unpretentious and modest, full of charm and character. In the past they were never made for sale, because chantehs are the most personal of tribal weavings. Some, known as ‘dokhtarbaf‘ or ‘nashibaf‘, were bags made by girls learning skills from their mothers. Such chantehs are tiny and as naive as a child’s drawing. Some, called ‘bibibaf‘ or ‘ostadbaf‘, were dowry pieces, designed to show a young woman’s skill or mastery of the craft, and thus to demonstrate that she would be an asset to her future husband’s family. Others were made as wedding gifts or to celebrate special occasions, but most commonly they served to carry small objects for personal use. They were private things.

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