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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:40 am 
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Hi all, Can anyone help identify this shoulder cloth? It is 35 x 176 cen.. It has a tightly crammed warp faced weave and the weft threads are hidden except where they are floated to form the patterns on the face of the cloth in the center. I wonder if it could be Batak although I don't really remember seeing anything just like it. Any help appreciated---thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:02 pm 
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Hi MAC

I don't think the textile is Batak. One or two of the patterns remind me of Khami/Khumi/Mro designs as does the reverse of the fabric. See viewtopic.php?f=1&t=185&p=899&hilit=khumi#p899 for some traditional Mro shawls. Also
http://www.tribaltextiles.info/Gallerie ... _Zantu.htm for a couple of Khumi skirts.

I don't know if your textile is a modern interpretation or completely unrelated!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:11 pm 
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Hi MAC- Pamela is correct- these come from one of these groups. I cannot keep them straight and must refer to the books to confirm attribution as they weave similar patterns using the same techniques. In his Volume 1 of the Textiles of the HIghland Peoples of Burma, Michael Howard calls them "Southern Chin" and attributes this type of textile to the Khumi, which he says is a Khami sub-group. It's a shoulder cloth. Personally, I love their weaving. Nice piece!

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