Exceptionally rare ceremonial men’s “bell” cape (khing ta zhi) from the Sothern Chin ethnic group in Burma- this piece would have been worn during religious and planting festivals; please see last enlargement for a couple of guys wearing them. This piece is constructed of handspun threads being sewn together from two panels. This textile is at least 80 years old, possibly being as early as 1900. The weaving technique on this piece is quite delicate and complicated. The weft thread is undyed (possibly flax) with the wide central bands in the panels having alternating red and black warp threads creating almost a checkered effect. There are a few minor holes as well as some unraveling along the selvedge noted in enlargements; the bells come mainly from India. LL: 79cm/31in and W: 45cm/17.8.