169 Antique Yao Head Cloth with Silk Floss Embroidery on Handspun cotton

Very Rare Antique Yao Hilltribe Woven Textile

Worn on the head in a turban-like tie,the ends of this rare head cloth have been woven with silk-floss thread.

Hand spun cotton with silk-floss embroidery.

Amazing variety of motifs woven in silk on the the end panels. (Could not stop taking photos of this marvelous piece!)

Condition is not perfect - has signs of a hearty life lived serving the original purpose of its creation. Has 2-3 very early repair patches that appear to be as old as the cloth. Has holes and minor color run. The white is completely shaded and is now a shade of brown.

Estimated to be from the early to mid 1800s

136 inches x 12 inches. [very very long]

LITERATURE REFERENCE : Similar pieces may be seen in "Peoples of the Golden Triangle" by Paul & Elaine Lewis.


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