Meifu Li Tubeskirt
Hainan Island, China.  23"x 37"
Handspun cotton warp ikat with supplementary-warp patterning. This skirt was woven in four separate bands of 10," 10," 7" and 9" widths with both decorating techniques used in each band. Li weavings such as this are highly sought after by collectors partly because of their possible place in the early development of Lao/Tai textiles, but also because of the sophisticated designing and technical skills they exhibit. The subtle contrasts and proportions in this piece are lovely. Pattern variations in the ikat bands continue on the back side.  This skirt is 60 to 80 years old, and is in excellent condition.   $950  
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