Weddings are one of the most important individual, family and community events in Central Asian society. The occasion is marked in different ways, but patchwork is a common element to many ethnic groups’ celebrations.

The Turkmen bride, for instance, traditionally traveled to her future husband's home perched high atop a camel within a domed palanquin (kejebe) decorated with patches, strips of cloth and auspicious symbols. The camel, too, wore patchwork trappings (düýe başlyq), knee-pads (düýe dizliq) and side panels (kuroma). A grand procession of family members on richly outfitted camels followed.

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