NKM KP OF-2351
GK No. 16541931
Maker: Vyucheyskaya N.P.
Place: Krasnoye settlement
Material: reindeer fur, leather, reindeer tendons, broadcloth, cloth
Technics: hand sewing
dimensions: 47.0x26.0x7.0 cm; fringe length - 7 cm
A tutsya' is a small Nenets woman's bag stretched vertically. This is the constant companion of a woman as she stores needlework items in it. The bag can be often found near the woman's bed in a chum.
A tutsya' is sewn from two skins removed from a reindeer head, reindeer foreheads (tai), connected with a strip of rovduga (suede from a reindeer skin) or fur. It is decorated with kamus (skin from reindeer feet) mosaic ornament. Traditionally, the front side is light, the back is dark.
The most common ornament for all tutsyas is a geometric one made of white and dark fur: heads - nevak, antlers - ti' nyamd, chum-like - myadiko, with stripes of coloured cloth in the seams. Triangular pieces of ornament are sewn in the places of eye cuts. Rovduga fringe is decorated with newborn reindeer hooves, which emit a peculiar sound while using the bag.
A small handbag (padko) for storing tendon threads and pieces of cloth is hung on a leather loop or a metal chain from a tutsya' from one side, on the other side there is a needle-case decorated with a cloth.