After hand-weaving their home spun yarn, the Miao women of Na Dan would use contrasting thread colors to create an intricate embroidery of geometric patterns on their precious baby carriers. These pieces were highly prized, used primarily for festival, and were handed down through succeeding generations.
The pouch at the top of the tassel most likely contains various herbs to bring health and good fortune to the baby. The 3 main tassels are actually subdivided into 3, which represented the number of children and grand children.
The Chinese Miao ethnic minority baby carriers from Na Dan rarely come on the market and this one is a particularly nice. It is approximately 80 years old, and in excellant condition. It measures 26" x 25" and the tassel of homespun cotton is 23" total length.