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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 8:26 am 
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This post is partly by way of a "thank you" to Andrew Dudley. I bought this jacket from a dealer in China, who told me that it was made by Rao Jia (饶家)people from the DuYun area. I was initially skeptical because I had never heard of this group, but Andrew's posts confirmed that the dealer was quite right.

The center part of the jacket is made from a single strip of indigo-batik dyed cloth, apparently handspun cotton. The design seems geometric but includes some animal shapes (at least one bird). It is in two shades of indigo, which seems to be a Rao Jia characteristic, judging from Andrew's textiles. This is bordered with an applique design made from white and indigo fabric. There are traces of glossy finish on these parts.

I was attracted to this because of its bold and graphic design. It's very similar in layout to one of Andrew's jackets, and its rare to see organic and geometric shapes combined so successfully.

The jacket is very small (88cm across the outstretched sleeves) so I assume it was a child's item. Most of Andrew's jackets also seem to have been made for children. I wonder why we have not seen adult jackets from this group, or perhaps these are quite different in design?


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Chris,

Welcome to the forum! An excellent first post! Not only a fascinating textile but you have taken the trouble to thank Andrew. I know that he often feels like a voice in the wilderness when he posts photos of some of the wax resist pieces from his collections. Great to have confirmation that, aside from pleasing me - as I love them and babble accordingly - his efforts have helped you to an ID. There is certainly very little in the literature (at least in English) on this small group. Just what the forum is all about!

Thanks very much for sharing photos of your very striking textile. I love the way that all those vibrant wiggles and curves are contained in the squares on point and framed by the strong pieced work triangles.

I guess that children's clothing made for more special occasions might not get worn out before it was grown out of. Something like this might be kept for another child in an extended family.

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Ann Goodman saw the earlier part of this thread and has sent me a couple of photos of a 'youth's vest'. She apologises for the quality of the photos and, indeed, did not initially want me to post them because of the poor quality. Unfortunately her 'iPhoto crashed in early April and I lost a huge amount of good photo data -- a catastrophe that I have not yet recovered from'. However, I thought that the photos were relevant to Chris's post. Ann also says that 'I also have a tiny Rao Jia infant's jacket that is very similar to that posted yesterday by Chris Buckley'. Ann is away from her collection at the moment so is not in a position to give us any measurements. However, both these textiles would seem to follow the trend of children's clothing noted by Chris.


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