Namakdan is a container for preserving and carrying salt. This container is mostly wover for shepherds to carry the salt needed for the flocks they take to mountains and plains. The shepher carries on his back the salt container full of salt, and occasionally pours a handful on a rock so that his flock can lick it.
In addition, the namakdan has its household uses. Most tribes store their salt in this bags andn hang the inside the tent near the cooking space. A namakdan, has always the same shape, that is, it consists of a main body and a neck.
A namakdan is an item made for a specific person, a child or some loved one travelling far over the hill and valleys. The namakdan thus acts as a token of a woman´s love, and carries, as it were, part of this love for the shepher´s lonely hours.
The Baloch or Baluch are an Iranian people who live mainly in the Balochistan region, located at the southeasternmost edge of the Iranian plateau, encompassing the countries of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. There are also Baloch diaspora communities in neighbouring regions, including in India, Turkmenistan and the Arabian Peninsula.
This Baluch namakdan or salt bag has an unusual design composed by two rhombs. All the dyes are natural.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 69×51 cms
Origin: Baluch tribe, Iran
Date of weaving: 1950s