Khorjin from Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari

Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, despite being small in size, are home to two of the most important tribes in Iran: Bakhtiari and Qashqai that have influenced the crafts of other cities. In addition to its use in everyday life, the khorjin, a type of saddlebag, has other uses in the culture of nomadic society. Nomads use it, in different sizes, as a bag, luggage and chest.

The small khorjins called “Akbeh” are used to transport documents, valuables, personal belongings and jewelry. Some are used mainly by women who ride horses and hang them from the saddle to carry their belongings.

In addition to the khorjin, there are also pom-poms, known as Varaneh, which move when the animal trots and they avoid stings by bees or other insects and reduce the risk of the animal lowering its head to ward off flies. The large khorjins are used to transport food and common tools, also used to transport everyday objects by the inhabitants of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari.


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