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Yi minority womanâs skirt panel

Yi minority woman’s skirt panel

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1960: Item # 773815

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Good woman’s skirt panel or apron from the Yi minority, approximately 40 to 60 years old. Old Yi textiles are quite rare due to Yunnan’s (the Yi cultural heartland) proximity to Thailand where they have been bought up and collected by Thai dealers since all the old “Hill Tribe” textiles in Thailand have long since vanished. The Yi are one of the oldest of the ethnic groups in China (besides the Han of course) and were a warlike tribe being a feudal slave owning society up to (and a little after) the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The embroidered panel is made from all hand spun thread, although the waist band may be commercial cloth. The edge is bordered with what appears to be sewn on white seeds and the ribbon trim on the edge is hand embroidered silk, which I am pointing out since nowadays these are usually manufactured. This piece has some old repairs which I have noted in enlargements. The overall embroidered pattern is a combination of white cotton while the greens and reds are either silk or a cotton and silk blend. L: 106cm/41.8in and W: 59cm/23in.