Vintage Naga Shawl | Warrior Blanket TTL02

This tribal textile is from the Sema tribe of the Naga in north-west Burma and was worn as an indication of tribal belonging and status. The shawl has been decorated with ancient embroidered tribal motifs and ends in knotted tassels. It could be used as a sofa or bed throw as well as a wall hanging. The textile is used and has recently been dry-cleaned. There are a couple of small holes as shown in the photos. 

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The Naga are an ancient tribal people found in the hills of Northeast India and Northwest Burma. They have a rich tradition of textile weaving and are renowned for their flamboyant adornments for the body. Textile weaving is the preserve of women. They employ the back-strap loom tension method (sometimes called Indonesian) using handspun cotton and sometimes hemp. After the cloth has been woven, small patches of embroidery are sometimes added using a porcupine needle.

Dimensions
Length: 182cm, 72 in
Width: 104cm, 41 in
Naga Tribe: Sema
Provenance: Nagaland (Burmese side)

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