Completely handmade, this lovely runner (or shawl) exhibits the subtleties of handspun fibers, natural dyes and handweaving. The heavy, nubby texture of the weft threads combines nicely with the fine, uniform weight of the warps. The colors are derived from roots, berries and leaves which yield soft versions of dark brown, grey green, wine red, indigo blue, goldenrod yellow, salmon pink and black. It’s difficult to capture the richness of the colors in a photograph; these are much more beautiful in reality.
Quantities are very limited; this is the only piece available.
Hand or machine washable in cold water; air dry to avoid shrinkage. Dry cleaning for large pieces is advisable.
Size: 77″ x 17.5″
Fine chain, satin and cross stitch embroidery decorates these two, almost identical panels from the Ge-jia people in Guizhou Province. This pair of panels would have adorned the back of their handsome batik jacket as ‘tails’ (please see Clothings and Ornaments of China’s Miao People, p.131). Each panel is a work of art, therefore we are offering them individually. The fine silk embroidery on cotton is complemented by accent bands of dark blue cotton attached with very fine, decorative (probably machine) stitching. Contrasting black and white outlines and accents the central motifs. Condition is very good, with very minor soil and a bit of fugitive color at the upper left (TACH343) and on the lower left (TACH343b).
Size: 10.5″ x 9.25″
A nice example of a modern tribal ‘tung’, this attractive and colorful new shoulder bag came from the Lawa. All handwoven cotton, and handsewn, it has a nice detail of braided fringe (see Detail 2). We especially like the colors and the way they are combined. Bags like this are worn by both men and women.
Size: 11.75″ x 30″ (excluding fringe)
The somber dark brown silk on the outside of this man’s jacket belies the rich inner lining: a tableau featuring a collection of tea ceremony items is finely woven in silk, including metallic threads, on a golden satin silk background. The details are quite fine and beautiful. This a good example of ‘uramasari’, or the use of a colorful or surprising lining, or undergarment, with an understated outergarment; most often this is a feature of men’s garments. We enjoy wearing these textiles with the lining on the outside, or displaying them on a wall. This is a vintage piece and is in excellent condition, with only a small stain on the lining and a pulled thread (note: what appear to be stains around the center seam are a distortion from the light on the silk). This would be a great addition to a collection of Japanese vintage textiles, or for the collection of a tea ceremony fan.
Size: 41.5 in. h x 53 in.w across shoulders.
Beautifully embroidered in fine silk, this attractive panel is similar to the sleeve embroideries of a Miao group in Huangping County in Guizhou Province (see our TACH235a). Perhaps it was originally used on a baby carrier. Minute cross-stitch combines with satin stitch and covers the background fabric. Two edges are bordered with a running pattern of horses and figures. Colors are various shades of purple, slate blue, and aubergine on black cotton, and handwoven black cotton backs and borders the panel. Overall it looks like new except for a bit of wear to the silk on one end (detail 2).
Size: 20″ x 11.75
Comprising a pair of old silk embroideries that were used on the sleeves of a Miao ceremonial jacket, this exquisite panel is a beautiful example of the fine embroidery used by this group. The stitches are minute- tiny ‘x’ stitches made with one thin silk thread, with contrasting lines of satin stitch. A border of horselike, four-legged figures with riders is embroidered top and bottom and adds a whimsical touch. The colors have mellowed to a subtle palette of soft taupe and mauve accented with black, and edged with faded golden ribbon. Condition is quite good, with the black cloth border and backing added later.
Size: Field: 12.75″ x 10.25″; OA: 19.25″ x 17″
Of recent production, this is a very attractive version of a traditional costume element, with good weaving in attractive colors that may be from natural dyes. Woven in one panel, the width of a backstrap loom, it is all cotton and includes attractive details typical of the weavings from this region: nicely finished ends, and blind, weft-faced back. These make lovely runners, or could be cut and made into pillows. We have two alike, but are selling separately.
Size: 57″ x 14″
Of recent production, this is a very attractive version of a traditional costume element, with good weaving in attractive colors that may be from natural dyes. Woven in one panel, the width of a backstrap loom, it is all cotton and includes attractive details typical of the weavings from this region: nicely finished ends; blind, weft-faced back; and fine, intricate patterning. Soft grey/blue lengthwise bands nicely complement the dark red patterns. These make lovely table runners, or could be made into pillows.
Size: 68″ x 12.75″
Of recent production, this is a very attractive version of a traditional costume element, with good weaving in attractive colors that may be from natural dyes. Woven in one panel, the width of a backstrap loom, it is all cotton and includes attractive details typical to the weavings from this region: nicely finished ends; blind, weft-faced back; and fine, intricate patterning. The colors of this are especially rich: a soft blue/grey and wine red.
Size: 57″ x 12.25″
Fun and elegant, this woman’s haori, or jacket, is enlivened with modern splashes of green, pink and gold foil threads, over black splashes on fine black silk. These are woven, not dyed. An elegant lining of soft silk with a woven ‘sayagata’ pattern has softly-colored dyed clouds as an overlay. Attractive silk ties complete the look. Condition is excellent. This would be lovely to wear for special occasions or even to dress up jeans for a fun evening out.
Size: 30 in. h x 51 in. w across shoulders; 23.5 in. across back.
These unusual tote bags (‘tung’) feature a printed ‘yantra’ design on one side. The design shows an eight-pointed motif similar to astrological layouts, but this one features not just animals, but renderings of figures in erotic positions. It probably has to do with improving one’s love life as well as other concerns. The other figures are a ‘naga’, rooster, and mythical lion or ‘singh’. The script could be northern Thai – either Lan Na or Tai Yai. Printing quality varies on each bag and they are priced accordingly. Note also the staining on sides and back, which we think was an attempt to ‘age’ them. Regardless of flaws, these are compelling cultural examples of the belief systems in this region.
Size: 36 in. Overall with Strap; Bag is 12.5 in. x 15.5 in.