Vietnam

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  • Bahnar Skirt

    From the Bahnar people in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, this handsome wrap skirt is composed of two pieces: a wide, soft cotton waistband with fine supplementary weft designs, and the body of handspun, indigo with an attractive wide decorative band in the center, plus an additional decorative panel sewn at right angles to the waist. Dyes appear to be all vegetable, with the exception of some commercial cloth edging. This displays very graphically when flat. Please see Howard, M.; Textiles of the Central Highlands of Vietnam, p.124 & 192, #120.

    Size: 64″ x 34.5″

    $340.00

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  • Black Tai (‘Tai Dam’) Headwrap

    This is an older example of the traditional headcloths worn by Tai Dam (Black Tai) women in northwest Vietnam. Made of black handspun cotton and embellished with silk embroidery, cotton edging, and cotton and silk ornaments it has an embroidered panel at each end (both on same side). Most of the embroidery is in silk, with the rich sheen of the silk providing an accent against the cotton. Condition is very good except for some small holes at one end (see detail). Please note that we show only half of the textile, and that the second end is not shown, but is very similar to the one shown. Newer versions of headcloths are made of commercial cotton and often decorated in garish, bright colors. These cloths display well on tables or walls, or could be worn as a shawl, or the ends cut and made into pillows. (Please see Howard, Michael & Kim Be; Textiles of the Daic Peoples of Vietnam; White Lotus Press 2002; p. 78, Fig.5.5, and p. 231-32.)

    Size: 64″ x 14″

    $55.00

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  • Black Tai (‘Tai Dam’) Headwrap

    This is an older example of the traditional headcloths worn by Tai Dam (Black Tai) women in northwest Vietnam. Made of very dark, indigo-dyed, handspun cotton and embellished with silk embroidery, cotton edging, and cotton ornaments it has a large embroidered panel at each end (both on same side). Most of the embroidery is in silk, with the rich sheen of the silk providing an accent against the cotton. Condition is very good. Please note that we show only half of the textile. Newer versions of headcloths are made of commercial cotton and often decorated in garish, bright colors. These cloths display well on tables or walls, or could be worn as a shawl, or the ends cut and made into pillows. (Please see Howard, Michael & Kim Be; Textiles of the Daic Peoples of Vietnam; White Lotus Press 2002; p. 78, Fig.5.5, and p. 231-32.)

    Size: 67.5″ x 15″

    $65.00

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  • Black Tai (‘Tai Dam’) Headwrap

    This is an older example of the traditional headcloths worn by Tai Dam (Black Tai) women in northwest Vietnam. Made of black handspun cotton and embellished with silk embroidery, cotton edging, and cotton and silk ornaments it has an embroidered panel at each end (both on same side). Most of the embroidery is in silk, with the rich sheen of the silk providing an accent against the cotton. Condition is very good. Please note that we show only half of the textile, and that the second end is not shown, but is very similar to the one shown. Newer versions of headcloths are made of commercial cotton and often decorated in garish, bright colors. These cloths display well on tables or walls, or could be worn as a scarf or shawl, or the ends cut and made into pillows. (Please see Howard, Michael & Kim Be; Textiles of the Daic Peoples of Vietnam; White Lotus Press 2002; p. 78, Fig.5.5, and p. 231-32.)

    Size: 64″ x 14″

    $65.00

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  • Dao Quan Chet Woman’s Coat

    Located further south than the Red Dao, the Dao Quan Chet wear coats of a lighter weight cotton, tho still indigo blue and with long tails in front and back. Silk embroidered designs enliven both the upper and lower part of the coat back, while bold blocks of white and red are featured on the bottom of the coat tail. This coat is a beautiful soft indigo and could be worn or displayed. For more information please see The Yao; by Jess Pourret.

    Size: 58″ across sleeve tips; 59″ h

    $115.00

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  • Maa Skirtcloth

    A more recent example, this skirtcloth has a very exuberant central band with eye-popping colors and pattern. The flanking bands have interesting geometric pattern bands and there are weft decorations as well. It is bordered on two sides with tufted decoration, and the ends are edged with commercial fabric. There is some fading which has muted somewhat the overall effect. Condition is quite good.

    Size: 49 in. x 26 in.

    $390.00

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  • Rade Skirtcloth

    We’re not sure which group this is from, but find elements of Rade weaving: the single twined end, and complex warp patterning. Unlike the other skirtcloths on this page, it is a single piece, and does not comprise multiple bands sewn together. The complexity of the weaving indicates that this was probably made for ceremonial wear. The uneven coloring on the black areas suggests that perhaps these threads were dyed with natural color, tho the red and green threads are commercial. This piece has overall, even fading, probably from washing, and is in quite good condition. We see few of these.

    Size: 52 in. x 24 in.

    $370.00

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  • Tai Lue Tubeskirt (‘seen ko’)

    This skirt features an unusual design finely woven in white cotton supplementary weft, with added accents of soft purple, blue and red. Metallic threads enrich the striped cotton used to flank this decorative band. The lower panel is black sateen twill cotton with decorative panels, front and back, that include vertical strips of trade cloth sewn onto a piece of brocaded cotton. The lower edge of this panel has an embellishment of tradecloth folded in a triangular design with ribbon adornment. Additional fancy trim is used with tradecloth to border the lower edge. Condition is quite good for these older skirts, with only some faint discoloration on the decorative woven panel.

    Size: 35 in. x 38 in. if opened up

    $150.00

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  • Tai Lue Tubeskirt (‘seen ko’)

    This skirt features an attractive concentric diamond pattern woven in white silk supplementary weft, with added accents of dark purple, blue and red. Plum-colored cotton with stripes flanks this decorative band. The lower panel is dark indigo handspun cotton with decorative panels, front and back, that include vertical strips of trade cloth sewn onto a piece of brocaded cotton. The lower edge of this panel has an embellishment of tradecloth folded into a triangular pattern. Additional tradecloth trims the lower edge. Condition is very good for one of these older skirts.

    Size: 36 in. x 40 in. if opened up

    $165.00

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  • Yao Coat Panel

    More recently made, and possibly for a girl’s coat, this beautiful small panel uses a different palette than the other pieces in this collection. Fine silk embroidery in light and dark gold, and cobalt blue are accented with red appliqued bands as a border; the background is a very dark, almost black, indigo blue cotton. It includes the dancing figure motif, as well as the flowers, and a row of trees at the bottom. Condition is very good.

    Size: 19.5 in. x 12.5 in.

    $135.00

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