This tribal textile is from the Naga of north-west Burma and was traditionally worn as a body cloth indicating tribal belonging and status. This is a particularly impressive example, made of soft cotton, with well executed motifs.
It consists of two panels sewn together in the traditional method and ends in knotted tassels. The textile is warmly colored in brown, maroon, black, and camel. It is ideal for use as an exotic sofa throw or bed throw or as a wall hanging.
The Naga are an ancient tribal people found in the hills of Northeast India and parts of 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.
Length: 177cm, 70 in
Width: 101cm, 40 in