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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:36 pm 
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Bonjour à tous

a new finding in a Paris flee market this weekend : this is a great piece made in two bands (160x195 cm). Material seems to be wild silk (heavy, supple). Colours : earth tones with some strips on the sides. Decorated with geometric motifs made of white beads.
Seems old with signs of use. Some accidents in the beaded parts, but a general good feeling.
After some hesitation I have found this weaving is likely a lamba from Madagascar because of the silk, the warpfaced wave and of the beaded bands.

Could a madagascar specialist give me some supplementary informations about this weaving : area, age, use (shroud ?)


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:40 pm 
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Hello, yes, you have a classic burial wrap of wild silk (Borocera) from Madagascar ... Highlands Madagascar, could be Betsileo or Merina. Are the beads of glass or plastic? I would guess 1930s to 80, probably on the earlier side as this is a very classic early bead design (diamonds, chevrons etc). Weavers and clients began rejecting the original striped mostly red dye/coloring of lambamena because of cost and associations with "pagan"
practices, and producing only plain undyed versions (see REbecca Green 2004 )... By 2000, beads were largely rejected for the same reasons.

Hope this helps,
Sarah Fee
Royal Ontario Museum


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 7:30 am 
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Bonjour Sarah

Thank you for your very clear informations. The beads are white and heavy, so I suppose they are glass beads. You talk about "undied" silk, but I think this piece is not "undied" because of its quite dark earth brown color. But in fact I don't know exactly what is the color of indigenous wild raw silk ! Meanwhile there are lateral strips of lighter color that could mean there is some dying process in the making.
The best thing with this textile is the handle and the falling of the cloth which is uncomparable with any other material. Linen can have a comparable handle and falling, but is highly creaseable .

Cordialement

Louis


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 9:57 am 
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Hi again Sarah

could you please give me the complete bibliographic reference for Rebecca Green ? is the book "textiles in indian ocean societies ?

Cordialement

Louis


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