Afghan Weavers (1973)

Category: Exhibiton Related

Length: 10:08
Film ID F16-0718
Film Description Partially edited
Detailed weaving of Afghani rugs, etc.


This film depicts the work of the Bad-Ghisi family, Turkmen Afghanis, who came to the United States and Penn Museum to demonstrate weaving techniques prevalent in 1973 in their area. The weavers were brought to the US by Brian Spooner and Mary Martin. The weavers visited Philadelphia for three months, from April to June 1973. Currently none of the family still live in Afghanistan.

There is an article that gives background information on the weaving that is depicted in the film, published in Expedition Magazine in winter 1973, written by Dr. Spooner. The article can be accessed here:
Video Category Exhibiton Related
Film Creator Brian Spooner
Topics Afghani carpets, Carpet weaving, Afghan culture, Museums, Museum exhibits, Textiles, Turkmen culture, Turkmen Afghanis
Contributor(s) Michael Wakely camera {?}