al-Hiba: Yarn Covered Boxes Makers

Date: 1960s

These boxes (sufat) are made using a technique similar to that used with wrapped coil baskets. The difference is that thread or yarn is wound around the central reed/rush coils instead of more strips of the same. Colourful patterns are created by winding the thread or yarn around the desired length of reed or rush coil. Once the pattern is completed the ends are tied inside the box. The sufat is used to conceal valuables. See also: Loom Maker; Maker of Spindles; Weaver; Yarn Spinner; Woven Spinner and Knitter; Wool Weaver; Dyer; Maker of Wrapped Coil Baskets.

Citation: Ochsenschlager, Edward. Iraq’s Marsh Arabs in the Garden of Eden (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2004), pp. 222-23.