Lakai Needlepoint Silkscreen Print

Introducing this Lakai Needlepoint set of four 16″ x 16″ silkscreen prints. Colors: black, charcoal, and scarlet on white. Source: Lakai Silk Needlepoint Ilgutch, Central Asia, 19th century. Photographed at a Skinner Auction, Boston, April 2019.

The Lakai are a tribe of ethnic Uzbeks historically known for their horsemanship and fighting skills. Originally from the region around Bukhara, in Eastern Uzbekistan, they presently live in a few small villages around Kunduz in northern Afghanistan. They came into prominence during the mid 1970s, when their bag-faces, patchworks, pouches, hats, and embroideries appeared on the Afghan market. The designs of their small, square, and shield-shaped wall hangings embroidered in silk are quite unlike the floral works of the town and village dwellers of northern Afghanistan. These designs are highly abstracted and often asymmetric in composition.

The word ilgutch means pouch or container, but among the Lakai it refers specifically to decorative embroidered pouches in pentagonal or rectangular shape.

Navajo Ganado Rug #2 Silkscreen Print Series

This set consists of four 18″ x 16″ silkscreen prints in wine and black on white.

Tularosa Olla Double Print

We designed of these twin Tularosa olla silkscreen prints based on an earthenware jar with a bulbous body and short neck, painted with interlocking geometric elements. The pattern of this olla includes fine and bold lines, serrated bands, and triangular motifs.

An olla is a ceramic jar, often unglazed. Ollas have short necks and wide bellies. They are used for cooking stews or soups, to store water or dry foods, or for other purposes. Tularosa is a village in Otero County, New Mexico.

Navajo Banded Blanket Set of Two Prints

We based this single print on a Navajo banded blanket, c. 1920s, with four red, black, and yellow banded designs on a natural background, 69.5″ x 63″. Photographed at Skinner auction, Boston, October 2019. The black on white print is augmented with watercolors.