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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 2:43 am 
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One more question. These blankets are mystery to me. I've seen similar stripes on pieces from Vietnam but nothing quite as plain as these. Can you place them? They are all simple- different materials- all old- some a bit stained and repaired. If you can point me in the right direction I think I'll be able to figure them out.


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Here's one unfolded.


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Here's one unfolded.


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How about a close up of a section of a blanket particularly showing a band of the weft stripes so that we can see the actually weaving clearly.

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Don't know if this is close enough. This one is really long and skiny 172 x 27. Sarong shaped?


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Another of the same piece.


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hum... I'll get out my close-up lens later today and try to get some better pics. Honestly, there are still a number of pieces like this at the store- no one is taking them b/c they are stained and have holes. Part of me says I should go grab them b/c this guy knew what he was doing and the other part of me doesn't want to water down a great collection with pieces that are much lower on the scale.


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It is the a closeup - and I mean close - of what is probably weft twining. I have cut out examples of the area I am talking about from 2 of your pics - not that anything is clear of course!


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Sorry to make you work so hard. Here are a number of other pics. I'm most curious to find out what country/tribal nation these may come from.


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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2007 3:24 pm 
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This close-ups are of the warp stripes on a warp-faced weave. I think that the stripes across the weft of the blanket are twining so that they show up.

The blankets might be from Myanmar, Bangladesh, India or as you mention Vietnam - Central Highlands - or across the border in Laos. Probably lots of other places where they might come from - difficult when there is relatively little identifying pattern/style.

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They are similar to pieces I have seen in Burma in the areas populated by the Chin, Kachin and Naga, but I don't know what group in particular.

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These blankets are most likely from the Central Highlands of Vietnam or neighboring areas in Laos and are made and used by the Mon-Khmer peoples in those areas: the Ta-oi, Katu (called Cotu in Vietnam), and others. Michael Howard's book Textiles of the Central Highlands of Vietnam has numerous examples of weaving with similar styles and colors as these, but no specific blankets that match. I've had loincloths and other clothing articles with similar weaving and striping.

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Thank you, Bill and Susan. There seems to be even less information available on the web about these people than there is about the Chinese minorities.


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