Turkmen Camel Driver from the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

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“Wearing traditional dress and headgear, a Turkmen camel driver poses with his camel, laden with what is most likely grain or cotton. Camel caravans remained the most common means of transporting food, raw materials, and manufactured goods in Central Asia well into the railroad era.”

Trade between Russia and China flourished along the silk road with a plethora of goods being bartered. Items such as woollens (often used to make cloaks or traveling dresses) and the lighter furs of squirrels and lambs as well as reindeer horns were in high demand by the Chinese. In return the Russians mostly imported tea, silk, and cotton in addition to sugar-candy in smaller quantities.  Goods were often carried by camels or oxen, and these trips could take several months.The trade most often occurred between the cities of Kiakhta and Kalgan.

 

Permanent Record: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/prk2000002574/

Cited Sources:  Harry Parkes. Journal of the Royal Geographical Society of London , Vol. 24, (1854), pp. 306-312. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3698123

 

4 thoughts on “Turkmen Camel Driver from the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

  1. I had also chosen this picture because what struck me was that “Camel caravans remained the most common means of transporting food, raw materials, and manufactured goods in Central Asia well into the railroad era.” I would have thought that a strong dependence on agriculture would have made developing some sort of centralized transportation more available to help keep focus on the limited harvest opportunities.

  2. I chose the same picture, but took a different approach. This is an interesting description of trade between the two.

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