Tekke Turkmen Woman, circa 1900-02

A classic photo of Dudin's, depicting a Tekke Turkmen woman. Her image is often seen in the various books on the Turkmen, be they books on the people or their rugs. Her relaxed demeanour translates well as she stands with one hand on her hip, staring straight at the camera without hesitation or modesty.

The relative abundance of silver jewelry suggests she is from a fairly prosperous family or clan, as does her confidence and presence. Draped across her head is the classic embroidered garment known as a 'chyrpy'.