National Geographic : 1936 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE TO CLEAN HOUSE KIRGHIZ MERELY MOVE THEIR YURT TO A NEW SITE One day the chief's mother, surveying the living quarters, declared them too dirty to be tolerated. Women servants set to work. They peeled the felt coverings off the wooden frame work and moved the boxes and quilts outside. Then everyone lent a hand and carried the yurt skeleton bodily three rods to the windward. When the servants had replaced the felt and house hold furnishings, the job was complete (see text, page 17). ON CRUDE LOOMS, KIRGHIZ WEAVE THEIR COARSE RIBBONS AND HOMESPUNS Deftly and rapidly the weaver manipulates the wooden swordlike battens. At astonishing speed she turns out a strap to bind the felt cover on the frame of a yurt. A Central Asian woman's work is never done, for when household tasks are completed, she must spend her "spare" time at the loom.