Old Hilltribe Cape with woven selvedges.
Used as a cover while working in the fields.
The length of the cloth is woven with a broad border on one edge and a narrow selvedge border on the other. The long cloth is then folded over and hand-stitched along the vertical spine along the side of the narrow selvedge to create a cape.
The fabric (hemp or cotton) is thick but softened with usage.
Probably from Arunachal Pradesh / North East India
Estimated to be from the early 1900s.
178cm long x 56cm when folded over.
But the folding over is along the LENGTH of the textile. So if that were to be opened up, the size is 356 x 56cm
Has several signs of wear - minor holes, stains, uneven fading, edge fraying and overall weariness.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original weaver-user.
Therefore the condition is “not” perfect.