SUPERB vintage shawl from the protected Dongria Kond / Gond tribe of Odisha.
Rare - as the tribe is under the protection of the government and interactions with them are extremely limited. The photo of me with them was clicked under supervision. And contrary to the media stories told, the government employees that I've come across there are extremely sincere and earnest and completely believe in the work the do. So the tribe continued to live as per their old ways without external exploitation.
Commerce between the outside world and them is very limited so finding such shawls is uncommon.
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.