TYPE: A three paneled Tsuktruk with a central motif

CIRCA: 1920’s

A three paneled black tsuktruk with a Zeepa (Dzeepa, Zeepak, et al) as the sole  central motif, and with spray coming off a wave-like design set across the bottom. These blanket-like rugs are not as thickly woven as Tibetan khadens, and use a completely different technique for their construction. That is they are first made as long narrow individual strips – woven in the the ‘tsuktruk technique’ – and then the strips, in this case three, are sewn together to make the final piece. They are often soft and subtle, this one very much so, and were often used as blankets, and as the Zeepa is said do to ward off evil, this piece could be seen as a ‘protective’ covering. (Zeepa’s are ancient mythological creatures used to keep evil spirits at bay, and their likeness is very common in several countries throughout Asia, although going by various names and assorted spellings; for instance to the Newars of Nepal he is Chepu / Cheppu, in Tibet known as Zeepa / Dzeepa / Zeepah / Dzeepak, and in India as Kirtimukha.) The main field of this tsuktruk is of hand-spun undyed black wool, any white in the design is undyed white wool, the rest of the colours appear to be made from natural dyes, and there are no damages or repairs. A striking piece with a real presence, ideal for displaying on a wall.

SIZE: 1.60m x 0.78m

WARP: wool

WEFT: Wool


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