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 Post subject: Dong hat cover
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 9:17 pm 
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On behalf of Ann Goodman I am sharing a purchase she made at the recent San Francisco Tribal and Textile Show which is intriguing us both. I am not aware of having seen anything like it before. I understand that it is a Dong hat cover. Has anyone seen anything similar?


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 Post subject: Hat covers
PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:03 am 
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Hi Pamela
I have not seen a Dong example like this but certainly a number of the Yi have hat covers. In the case of the 3 Yi hats I have seen in Taiwan the material is actually black felt laid over the top of a bamboo hat. The bulbous top finial of the bamboo hat emerges through the central hole in the hat cover. One of the hats had two silver bird like pieces stitched on to it and like the other two showed signs of having more such adornments previously attached. There are several Yi examples in the Liangshan literature which I will scan in and post later.


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 Post subject: Yi Man in Liangshan
PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 2:17 am 
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This striking image appears on page 157 of the book, The Yi Nationality of Liangshan Mountain, published by the People's Fine Arts Publishing House ISBN 7102011431. It shows the black felt covering worn over a woven bamboo hat. Just visible are the attached silver ornaments.


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The Yi Nationality of Liangshan Mountain.
Beijing: People's Fine Arts Publishing House
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1992 First Ed.. ISBN 7102011431

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 Post subject: Another Yi man
PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 3:02 am 
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In this image (#381. Palm-back rain cape) on page 209 of the book, The Yi Nationality of Liangshan, the silver ornamentation of this large hat are more clearly seen. Just in passing I think the description that accompanies this image is actually incorrect as the cape appears to be comprised of horse tail hair and not palm-based material.


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The Yi Nationality of Liangshan.
Beijing: People's Fine Arts Publishing House.
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 Post subject: Skirting the issue...
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:51 am 
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Apologies for going on a tangent, but the cape and hat shown in your photo are also shown in the book The Costumes and Ornaments of Chinese Yi Nationality Picture Album, p.48, with the text stating that the cape is "made of horse tails for sacrificial rites", and is "made of the tails of forty horses" and is "a rare treasure in Liangshan Region". I have heard the cape called a 'shaman's' or 'priest's cape', as the use in sacrificial rites would suggest. Here are some photos of one that I had. I find the inside 'netting' of twisted fiber (hemp? jute?) particularly interesting.

Also, re the unusual Dong hat cover: it includes the Dong embroidered motifs that are often seen on baby carriers, so the Dong attribution is probably assured. But I find the edging rather curious: it looks like the top few inches of a gathered, pleated skirt which has been recycled into this use. Tres 'fey', n'est ce pas?


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 Post subject: horse tails
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:39 am 
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aha Susan u r so right - i dont have the book at hand as it is on its way across the seas. I love these capes - hey're just frightfully dear right now.


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