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Ceremonial Shoulder Cloth from the Batak People of Sumatra
Weaving contains Human figures – a very rare feature.
One end has 10 humans with the red ones placed in the border area while at the other end, again we see 10 humans with the white ones placed in the border area. In both cases. A total of 20 humans, 13 white and 7 red may be seen holding hands.
Beaded ends on both sides. White Selvedge on both sides.í«í_
Supplementary Soumak-style weaving at the ends
Estimated to be from 1930-1950
Batak Textiles are rare and such a piece is even rarer.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.