Preparing The Warp For 'Pelesk'

Submitted by Shams Uddin on Thu, 2007-05-17 15:06.
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Preparing The Warp For 'Pelesk'

'Palesk' is the traditional Chitrali carpet prepared from goat-hair. Pictured above is a local craftsman spinning the warp for Palesk with a 'dook', the local name for the X-shaped hand spinning instrument. As a rule, two colours i.e. black and white are used in making the carpet in checked, zebra-cross and long streaky patterns. In the past the ‘palesk’ was a compulsory bedding article for a daughter’s dowry. It was customarily placed on a wooden plank or cot as a token of respect and gesture of hospitality for high-profile guests. In olden times it was an indicator of affluence and social status to have a ‘palesk’ in one's home! This unique man-made handicraft is disappearing very quickly, only to be seen in a few of the remotest valleys of Northern Chitral, Pakistan.


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