The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.

Trappings of a tribal nomadic lifestyle

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Trappings are the functional and highly decorative woven accessories essential to supporting the lifestyle of pastoral nomads. Trappings from Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia are particularly well represented in the Powerhouse Museum collection. The livelihood of nomadic tribes was dependent on the welfare of their animals, so access to good grazing and water was essential in all seasons. When fresh pastures were needed, the tribe would pack up and move on, necessitating a home that was easy …