Fine and rare two paneled silk embroidered “wedding blanket” from the small Maonan minority people of northern Guangxi Zhuang Province. This piece is 60 to 90 years old with a hand spun cotton foundation and hand spun silk. The frontal surface of the blanket is decorated with embroidered floral and phoenix symbols and key fret pattern highlighted by “floating weft” threads. The Maonan number just a little over 100,000 souls and are closely related to the Zhuang who are probably the largest ethnic group in China after the Han. The Maonan textile is unique in that they use floral and zoomorphic designs in their blankets as opposed to the Zhuang patterns which are far more geometrical. Aside from the few inevitable “pinholes” this piece is in excellent condition and is bordered with contemporary handmade cloth. Bordered dimensions L: 105cm/41.2in and W: 79cm/31in and actual size- L: 97cm/38.2in. Please note that the color on this piece is consistent throught although the lighting when being photographed cannot capture this.