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Sumba Hinggi

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1980   item# 1265954 (stock# 2845)

Sumba Hinggi
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$1200.USD 

Magnificent Sumbanese ikat from Waingapu, made from all vegetable dyed handspun cotton thread. I picked this up in 1988 and can safely date this 1970-1980. Created by a master weaver the themes are typically Sumbanese with skull tree, serpents, and human figures. This is a lively piece using only three basic colors and symmetrical design to achieve a well balanced effect, missing in the weird and colorful contemporary weavings sold in the tourist bazaars of Denpasar, Bali. It is in per ...click for details


Uzbek Coverlet

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Central Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960   item# 1265949 (stock# 2843)

Uzbek Coverlet
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$80.USD 

Old 5 panel cover collected in Uzbekistan in the late 1990s. It is woven from all handspun and naturally dyed thread. The two central off white panels may be spun from some sort of bast fiber and the rest is wool. This mostly flat woven with some floating stitches and simple embroidered patterns, other than it came from Bokara and I don’t know ethnic group it is from. It is bordered on the ends with typical Central Asian ikat silk and I am guessing this piece is 50 years or more. There ...click for details


Nepali Butter Churners

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920   item# 1264461 (stock# 2834)

Nepali Butter Churners
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$220.USD 

Ensemble of three Nepali ghurra netis, which are used to hold churning sticks in the process of making butter from Nepali hill minorities. Nice worn patina, circa 60 to 90 years old, the one on the right appears to be older. No kitchen should be without these! The large one has a crack at the end, see last enlargement for scale.


Vietnam War Era Lao Textile

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960   item# 1264373 (stock# 2833)

Vietnam War Era Lao Textile
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$220.USD 

Very rare woman’s tube skirt from Taliang ethnic group in Attapeu province Laos. Please note in the 3rd enlargement is the image of helicopter dating back to the CIA covert “Air America” operation Laos from 1955 to 1974. Similar to the Afghan "war rugs” made during the Soviet occupation, the simpler folk amongst us documented current events in their weavings. I traveled through this province back 2002 and did not find one single piece dating from this period although I did f ...click for details


Attapeu Men’s Blanket

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960   item# 1264372 (stock# 2832)

Attapeu Men’s Blanket
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$400.USD 

Vintage textile from Attopu Province, Laos- either the Alak or Katu ethnic group. Excellent condition made from all natural dyes and handspun cotton thread with indigo ikat diamond pattern, circa 50 years old- W: 141cm55.5in an L: 208cm/82in.


Chin Men’s Blanket

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1980   item# 1263393 (stock# 2820)

Chin Men’s Blanket
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$210.USD 

Men’s tunic from the Chin ethnic group, most likely from the Hakha Township, Chin State. I purchased this in the 1990s and it is not very old- probably made in the 80s or 70s. This is an authentic ceremonial piece worn only on special occasions; I have listed this mainly for comparison to an antique piece I previously listed. I have not seen any more of these during the past 10 years of my usual buying trips, although I assume they are still being made locally in Myanmar. This weaving ...click for details


Chin Men’s Blanket

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1920   item# 1263392 (stock# 2819)

Chin Men’s Blanket
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$220.USD 

Very rare man’s ceremonial tunic from the Chin ethnic group, probably Falam Township, Chin State Myanmar. I would consider this an antique heirloom blanket between 1910-1940 woven from hand spun cotton thread and natural dyes. This incorporates the classic Chin diamond twill weft pattern as well as double side embroidery. Unfortunately most the most of the original embroidery has worn off and portions of the selvedge side are missing (I am guessing approx 15cm/6in) - W: 128cm/50.5in an ...click for details


Chin Men’s Blanket

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1920   item# 1263260 (stock# 2815)

Chin Men’s Blanket
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$1000.USD 

Magnificent men’s ceremonial tunic from the Chin ethnic group, most likely from the Hakha Township, Chin State. This is an authentic antique textile dating to circa 1920, possibly earlier and quite large W: 132cm/52in and L: 224cm/88in indicating previously belonged to high status individual. Amongst the material possessions of a Chin man this was considered to be the most important and valuable. I was once told by a Chin woman in Rangoon that an heirloom blanket such as this might be the ...click for details


Tibetan Saddle Rug

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1920   item# 1263174 (stock# 2814)

Tibetan Saddle Rug
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$1000.USD 

Fine and rare antique Tibetan saddle rug with auspicious symbols (peony flowers, ocean waves, clouds, pomegranates, and “frog prints”). This is 100% wool construction mostly natural dyes with a pleasant abrash. I am dating this piece circa 1920-1940; it is in excellent condition with no damage or repair. L: 117cm/46in and W: 66cm/26in. See last enlargement for reference.


Tiddim Woman’s Blanket

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1960   item# 1263172 (stock# 2813)

Tiddim Woman’s Blanket
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$220.USD 

Very rare woman’s blanket from the Tiddim speaking, Northern Chin ethnic group who live in the Chin State, Burma next to India. This piece is circa 1950-1960, spun from commercial, hand dyed cotton thread with some single faced supplementary and diamond twill patterns. Please see enlargements to appreciate the complexity of this weave. There are a few small holes but noting egregious- obviously of interest to the specialist collector. L: 164cm/64.5in and W: 101cm/39.8in. See last enl ...click for details


Nazca Tiahuanco Textiles

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Handiwork: Pre AD 1000   item# 1262814 (stock# 2810)

Nazca Tiahuanco Textiles
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$180.USD 

Two complete Nazca “bolseros”- coca leaf pouches and one Tiawanaku double headed serpent textile fragment. The colors are still quite vivid on all three pieces- I would put the condition as “good” given the age of these pieces (please see enlargements for scale and detail). This genre is not my usual milieu but I was passing through the Nazca plains back in 1990 and picked these up there.


Burmese Longyi

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1980   item# 1260058 (stock# 2805)

Burmese Longyi
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$150.USD 

Unusual dated woman’s sarong from Burma. This is hand loomed with a dancing girl motif, 1974 date (coincides with the forming of Burma’s 2nd constitution under Ne Win) and traditional Burmese pattern. It appears to be made of a combination of silk and synthetic fiber- the yellow threads are silk while the rest are “something else”. Possibly part of a dance troupe costume for a commemorative performance, interesting piece, the only dated one I have ever seen. There are some runs ...click for details


Antique Block Print Festival Banner from Myanmar

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Textiles: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1259366 (stock# 2800)

Antique Block Print Festival Banner from Myanmar
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$320.USD 

Highly unusual and rare festival heirloom cloth from the Khumi or Mro ethnic groups, Rakhine State, Burma. These were probably made in Gujarat, India circa early 18th century or maybe even earlier and are composed of muslin fabric with block prints of soldiers, elephants, cats and tigers. See last enlargement for reference from Mantles of Merit: Chin Textiles from Myanmar, India and Bangladesh by David and Barbara Fraser. According to the authors “dhari” as these are called, were suspend ...click for details


Timor Mask

Catalogue: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Oceanic: Artifacts: Pre 1960   item# 1258541 (stock# 2794)

Timor Mask
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$170.USD 

Old mask from East or Central Timor. The previous owner told me, what well might be an apocryphal tale, that this was recovered from “secret hiding place” after a brush fire that was caused by a skirmish between Fretilin and the Indonesian Army during the 1970’s. I was in West Timor in the 1980s and saw plenty of new copies of Timorese masks, which were stuck with horsehair and smoked over a fire to give it an antiqued appearance, this to me appears to be a genuimely old piece and in ...click for details


Iban Pottery Mold

Catalogue: Antiques: Instruments and Implements: Tools: Pre 1900   item# 1258539 (stock# 2793)

Iban Pottery Mold
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$220.USD 

Rare and unusual Iban pottery pattern paddle carved from durable Iron Wood, circa 19th century. The pattern on this would be pressed into unfired clay pots to give it this design by the Iban people of Sarawak. This technique has been used since Neolithic times predating the pottery wheel, where pots were made by coiling “ropes” of clay into a shape and then using the paddle to press the coils together. The edge is rough at the bottom of the handle other than that this piece is in excel ...click for details

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