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Sandra Shamis' collection

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ss06 Jpeg 54K Any ideas on the origin or motif of this piece? Nobody seems to know - its small and probably was woven with a narrow weft.
This cloth is a genuine puzzle. It is woven haphazardly, with little coherence. It contains one certifiable "Khosa Singh" to the left, but to
compound the mystery, in the right center is a figure which only makes sense if the cloth is looked at from above. That figure appears to be the head of an elephant, but with tusks. It differs from other T'ai textiles in its chaotic overall effect as well.

The mystery textile also provides a lesson. It pays to sit down and go over every single item either in a village or in a pile at a market. It helps to
bring water. Also, despite structural questions, this cloth with its narrow weft, clearly belongs to the T'ai world.

Age: second half of the 20th century. Silk with silk supplementary weft, probably natural dyes, red probably Lac.
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