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Idu Mishmi flat basket

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1970: item # 957058

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Idu Mishmi flat basket

Fine and rare old rattan basket from the Idu Mishmi ethnic group from Arunachal Pradesh, India. In India they are primarily animist but in China where they are known as the Lhoba have strong spiritual affiliations with Tibetan Buddhism, also it should be pointed out that the men are the principle basket weavers, while the women do the textiles. Google “Bamboo and Cane Culture of Arunchal Pradesh” and you will get a good description of this regional craft. As Sino/Arunachal Pradesh border is disputed with China (it should be noted this where the Dalai Lama fled here when escaping the PRC), it is very remote and well off the travelers beaten path therefore artifacts from this region are hard to come by. I promised myself to stop buying baskets because I don’t have the space but I couldn’t resist this one, particularly intriguing is the “mali” bark fiber used on the outside used to waterproof it. This piece is in excellent condition and was sourced from friend who recently spent a month researching hemp fiber textiles in the region. I would date this piece to be circa 40 years old. H: 46cm/18in x W: 36cm/14in and W: 15cm/6in.

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