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.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.