The tents of the Central Asian nomads are an essential part of nomadic life and provide the sole form of formalized housing for the peoples. They are incredibly durable and perfectly fitted to use in the mountainous regions of Central Asia. Each tent itself is a work of art and takes almost 12 months to construct using yak wool that’s hand spun into yarn.
Creating a Central Asian Nomadic Tent
The tents built by Central Asian nomadic tribes are generally mid-sized and are organized by handmade yak wool rope, and eight to twelve (depending on how big is the tent) treated wooden poles. The hand-spun fabric used to cover the canopy is relatively thin and does let in a specific amount of light during daylight hours. The canvas is created to include a sizable opening at the top of the tent that’s used as a chimney or smoke hole release a smoke form a central dung fire stove situated in the tent. During warmer months of the season, these holes are also used to allow oxygen and warm sunshine into the living area within the canvas. Numerous Buddhist prayer flags are also attached to the outside the tent.
The within of most Central Asian nomadic tents are relatively basic with Spartan features and few belongings. However, there are always a few basics which are generally present in all nomadic tents of Central Asia and these include typically sleeping mats, warm woolen blankets, a dung fired stove, a wooden table of some sort, clothing and food storage areas and religious symbols including an image of the Dalai Lama and a Buddhist art thangka painting.
Directly outside the tent, traditional Central Asian nomads keep yaks and dogs tied up. The dogs are used as an application of security along with companionship, and the yaks are employed for their wool and their dung as a fuel source that’s burnt in the ovens found in the https://nomadific.com/.
Central Asian Nomadic Tents in the Modern World
The use of traditional nomadic tents in Central Asia is declining rapidly due merely to the urbanization of elements of the traditionally nomadic peoples of the region, but besides, because more and more of the Central Asian tribesman are starting to live in mud-brick homes. Currently, the single aspects of Central Asia that still have an abundance of traditional nomadic tents that people use as a residence is found in the prefectures of Nagchu and Ngari in Tibet (known in China since the Tibet Autonomous Region) and in the Yushu and Ganzi prefectures of China proper.
The writer is a nomadic tent events coordinator who works in the South African corporate events market. He is closely associated with several events tents manufacturers in South Africa, including well-known brands such as Nomadik Tents and Touareg Tents.