Kyrgyzstan, Alai Region
Christine Martens, associate fellow ★
Among the Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks, Tajiks and Turkmen, it is traditional to make garments and objects for everyday use of multi-colored patchwork. Patchwork is especially popular for such things as children’s clothing, mattresses, pillows, and wall hangings, like this tush kiiz, which is usually the focal point in a yurt, the traditional tent dwelling of these nomadic peoples.
And we thought the Log Cabin pattern was unique to America—evidently not so much! I love the familiarity of the pattern combined with the unfamiliar format. Also, the tiny triangles are quirky and wonderful.
This hanging makes me sure that no matter where it was displayed, it made the space spectacular.
I love the idea of granting your home an extra measure of significance and separateness by displaying traditional textiles. I now want a tush kiiz for my house—maybe between the living room and dining room?
The ultimate statement piece, this tush kiiz (which is really super fun to say) definitely captures your attention when it’s on a wall.
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
We are expanding our Central Asian collection, and we look forward to sharing some of the stunning pieces in an upcoming exhibition in 2017.