Tai Muong / Tai Yo Skirt Hemband
From the Tai Muong/Tai Yo people in Nghe An province of Vietnam, this older skirt hemband features richly-hued, undulating dragons. The base fabric appears to be handspun, indigo-dyed cotton with the motifs in lustrous silk and colored with natural dyes. The use of natural dyes and indigo background is rare to see now, indicating this is an older piece.
The Tai Muong/Tai Yo still make and use this style of attractive skirt band, but they are not as wide, and employ more and brighter colors. (Our pillow covers FCH511 show good examples of more recent hembands).
Probably from the first half of the 20th century, the condition of this lovely piece is quite good, with only a couple of small holes – one at the seam – and some pulled threads and discoloration, all of which are commensurate with age (see images).
For more information about the origin of these textiles, please see Howard, M. & Howard, K.; Textiles of the Daic Peoples of Vietnam, p.110, 116,118, #6.17 & 6.18 (p.117).
Size (Unopened): 22.5″ w x 16.25″ h / 57cm x 41cm
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