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100 Bird Festival Cape Chinese Ethnic Minority Miao

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100 Bird Festival Cape Chinese Ethnic Minority Miao
The 100 Bird Cape is sometimes mistaken by Westerners as a Miao baby carrier. In fact, the 100 bird cape is a man's garment. It would be worn on the back, over the 100 bird coat for special festivals. They are somewhat rare. Not all men could afford (actually the wives) the time and matterials to make such a garment. It takes over a year to collect the feathers for the cape because the feathers must come from birds which were ritually sacrificed. This is a particularly rare cape. It is very large and has 2 rows of feather decoration with seed used as beads for additional decoration. Measuring 54" x 40", this piece is over 60 years old and is from Ya Fei. It is in wonderful condition and makes a spectular wall hanging. It would make a dramatic additional to any tribal arts collection.


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