Vintage Chin Tribal Textile Burma TTL13


This vintage tribal textile from the Chin people was acquired in Yangon from a small Chin textiles gallery. These old pieces are exceptionally hard to come by as they are mostly considered heirloom pieces to be handed down through the generations. It is in very good condition with just a small tear in one corner as featured in one of the photos. There are a few subtle stains on the back of the textile but the upper surface is stain free. The style is distinct from newly made pieces with a highly intricate traditional pattern woven throughout and beading at the ends of the tassels.

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The Chin are a tribal, mountain dwelling people found in the highlands of north-west Burma. They have a long tradition of weaving magnificent hand woven 100% cotton textiles using the back strap method on a yakan loom. Natural dyes are used by taking extracts from indigenous plants such as the Burmese lacquer tree, wild almonds, mahogany, annatto seeds and indigo. The Chin are widely admired for their unique designs and superior weaving skills. Traditionally, these textiles are worn over the shoulders, but they make exotic table and bed runners.

Length: 193cm, 76 in
Width: 38cm, 15 in
Provenance: Chin State, Burma
Period: Early 20th century

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