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Tujia Baby Carrier

Tujia Baby Carrier

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1920: Item # 1274893

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One of kind, single supplementary weft embroidered panel, L: 4.63m/14.2ft and W: 36.5cm/13.8in, from the Tujia ethnic group in Guizhou, Southwest China. Its function is a bit of mystery so it being a sling wrap around baby carrier is my best guess. Originally I thought it might be a traditional wedding blanket that would be cut and sewn with three panels together but there is no border pattern woven into this piece as is typical. The pattern is quite unusual in that green is the dominant color whereas shades of yellows, blues and red colors are the ones most favored by people from this region. The embroidery threads are all handspun cotton and the foundation is made of a loosely woven stiff black bast fiber, a kind of which I have never seen before (any opinions are welcome). I suspect this came from a very remote region where silk and cotton are hard to by commodities. This is circa 40 to 80 years of age. Except for the cover and last photos these are all scanned images.