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.