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Ethnic Textiles for Sale

The following is a selection of our ethnic textiles for sale:
Guatemala
Laos
Hmong
Molas
Textiles from India (mirror cloth)

There are fine examples from Guatemala, Laos (including Hmong), San Blas Islands (molas) and India. The needlework done by hand in these pieces in incredible. Due to globalization, this refinement of needlework in tribal garments is becoming scarcer and scarcer.

The Guatemalan textiles are handwoven. The narrow fajas(belts) and huipiles (blouses) are woven by women on backstrap looms, a painstaking and slow process. Each village in Guatemala has its own particular design, which will vary some with each weaver, but within limits. Someone who knows Guatemalan textiles well can go to a large market and identify which village a woman is from by the design of her woven clothing. The cortes (skirts) are woven on large floor looms.

Molas come from the San Blas islands off the coast of Panama. There are two groups of molas. The first group is in perfect condition and was made for sale to people outside the Cuna (San Blas Islands) culture. The second group was bought by one person directly from the Cunas in the 1980's and is unusual because all molas in that group were actually worn by Cuna women. Most of those are more primitive in design and show varying degrees of wear. Many have fabric layers which are prints rather than solid colors and this is something I have never seen in molas for the trade. These printed fabrics add an exta dimension of vitality to those molas.

The Hmongs are an ethnic group living in the mountainous areas of Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand. The Hmong textiles for sale here are pieces which have been worn.

The Indian textiles include a large group of chaklas, also called mirror cloth because of the many tiny round mirrors stitched onto the surface, which is then heavily embroidered. These, and torans, which are hanging chaklas which can be hung over doors and windows, are up to 20 years old and form a very important part of a girl's dowry. Fine pieces like these have become scarce because so many were destroyed by the severe earthquake in Gujarat Province a dozen or so years ago.

Click on each image for a larger view. Measurements are in inches. Packing and shipping are included in the price.
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GUATEMALAN TEXTILES:


FAJA 7
Handwoven faja, San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala. 6"W X 97" L. About half the length of the textile has the decorative supplementary weft design woven in. The remainder is striped plain weave.
$55
.


FAJA 1
Handwoven faja, Solola, Guatemala. 6"W X128" L. About half the length of the textile has the decorative supplementary weft design woven in. The remainder is striped plain weave with jaspe bands. $85.

 


FAJA 2
Handwoven faja, Solola, Guatemala. 4"W X 132" L. About half the length of the textile has the decorative supplementary weft design woven in. The remainder is striped plain weave with jaspe bands.
$65.


FAJA 3
Handwoven faja, San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala. 6"W X 97" L. About half the length of the textile has the decorative supplementary weft design woven in. The remainder is plain weave.
$55.


FAJA 5
Handwoven faja, San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala. 4"W X 52" L. About half the length of the textile has the decorative supplementary weft design woven in. The remainder is striped plain weave.
$32.

 

Laotian Textiles


LAOTIAN TEXTILE 2
Phasin, traditional tube skirt, cotton with narrow yellow and white silk double weave stripes between the wide weft ikat stripes.
24.5"W X 61"L. $55.

LAOTIAN TEXTILE 4
Khmer Pidan weft ikat, silk weft on polyester warp, Beautiful sheer fabric. 39"W X 64 "L. (Width is selvage to selvage),$129.



HMONG TEXTILES:



Hmong Textile 1
Hmong Belt end. Very fine reverse applique and hand embroidery with machine stitch detailing in the centers of the circular lines. Very good condition. 6 1/4"W X 5 1/2"H.
$22.

Hmong Textile 2
Hmong Belt end. Very fine reverse applique and hand embroidery.
Very good condition.
5"W X 6 1/2" H.
$22.


Hmong Hat 1
Child's hat, Yao hill tribe. Fine cross stitch embroidery on indigo dyed fabric. Good condition with moderate crocking of the indigo dye onto the embroidery.
5" H X 6"D, $52.


Hmong Textile 3
Sleeve from Hmong shirt. Very fine reverse applique and hand embroidery.Three narrow patterned stripes between the embroidered panels are ribbon. Good condition with some soiling.
12"W X 14" H.
$38.


Hmong Hat 2
Child's hat, Yao hill tribe. Fine cross stitch embroidery on indigo dyed fabric. Good condition with moderate crocking of the indigo dye onto the embroidery.
4 1/2" H X 5 1/4"D, $52.

Hmong Jacket 1
Hmong boy's jacket. Very fine reverse applique and hand embroidery. Jaclet is made of iridescent black satin. Good condition with a few missing sequins and some soiling of the yellow and white satin details. 58" cuff to cuff X 15" back of neck to hem. $69.

Hmong Jacket 2
Hmong boy's jacket. Very fine reverse applique and hand embroidery. Jaclet is made of black satin. Good condition with a little wear but almost no soiling. 59" cuff to cuff X 13" back of neck to hem. $69.

Hmong Textile 7
Traditional Hmong baby carrier. This went across the baby's back and the baby was tied with fabric straps to the mother's back. Fine cross stitch embroidery, very good condition. 13"W X 19"H. $62.


MOLAS-- San Blas Islands
:

 


MOLA16
Fine mola with
embroidery and zigzag lines,15"w X 12",
$66.

MOLA2
Fine mola with embroidery and zigzag lines, 16.75"w X 11.75", $68.

MOLA14
Fine mola incorporating the pattern of the underlayer fabric, 17"w X 13.5",
$65.


MOLA11
Fine mola with
embroidery and zigzag lines, 17"w X 13.5",
$76.


MOLA15
Fine mola with
embroidery. 18.5"w X 14.25",
$80.


MOLA5
Fine mola with
embroidery and zigzag lines, 16"w X 12", $66.

MOLA7
Fine mola with
embroidery and zigzag
lines, 16"w X 12", $68.


MOLA9
Fine mola with
embroidery,
16.5"w X 11.5", $62.


MOLA17
Non-traditional mola with appliqued bird and flowers on a reverse applique background, 16.5"w X 14", $54.


 


Unlike the group of molas above which are in perfect condition and made for sale, the following molas are ones which have been worn by Cuna women. They were not made for the tourist trade, so they have signs of wear and many have some stains. The colors have also faded somewhat. They have a very charming folksy feel, very different from the perfect molas above made for sale to outsiders. These molas have all been carefully washed, but stain-removing agents were not used for fear of damaging the textile or color. Fading, soiling, and wear are noted. Crocking is a textile term which means the wearing off of color from one fabric or surface to another. These pieces were bought in the San Blas Islands in the 1980's.


MOLA W1
Authentic Cuna blouse
with front and back molas.
Fair condition. Seams are not intact.
16 1/2"W X 19"H, $60



MOLA W5
Mola pair used on a blouse.
Back and front are still connected.
Some soiling and crocking,
17"H X 18"W, $50 for the pair


MOLA W3
Mola pair used on a blouse,
back and front are still connected.
Some soiling and crocking,
17 1/2 "W X 15"H,
$50 for the pair.


MOLA W8
Extensive fading of the red and some soiling and crocking. Tear at the top of the green area.
11"H X 17 1/2"W, $19.


MOLA W11
Fading of black line to grey and some fading of red. Also some worn spots.
16"W X 13"H, $29 .


MOLA W12
Red is quite faded, considerable crockiing of grey onto the surface. Some worn spots.
18"W X 14"H, $27.


MOLA W14
Red and black are considerably and unevely faded, but mola is otherwise in good condition with only tiny wear areas.
19"W X 15"H, $30



MOLA W15
Very charming mola. Very little fading and only a small amount of surface wear.
18"W X 14"H, $35


MOLA W24
Bottom and center of mola are considerably faded. No stains, very little wear.
17"W X 13"H, $27.


MOLA W17
Slight fading of the red and very slight soiling. Some fraying of the underlying print fabric on the right and left side.
18"W X 14"H, $30 .


MOLA W27
Extensive crocking, a little bit of wear.
16"W X 13"H, $25


MOLA W36
Blue is more royal blue and orange more red orange than appear in photo. Slight crocking and small hole to the left of the center.
19"W X 15"H, $27


MOLA W37 x
Crocking on the red and torn and worn areas on the red layer.
17"W X 13"H, $22


MOLA W35
Some stains and crocking, edges
of a few areas have frayed.
19"W X 15"H, $25


MOLA W40
Some staining and crocking, but much wear of colored underlay areas.
18"W X 14 1/2"H, $22

 


MOLA W41
No stains, very little crocking and wear.
19"W X 15 1/2"H, $37


MOLA W42
Considerable crocking and wear.
17"W X 13"H, $24

MOLA W43
Cruder stitching than most and slight staining and fraying.
17 1/2"W X 15"H, $30


MOLA W44
Crocking of the blue and red and a few small stains.
21 1/2"W X 17 1/2"H, $27

MOLA W45
Stitching in good condition, crocking onto lighter colors, black background color has faded.
18"W X 14 1/2"H, $30


MOLA W52
A few small stains, extensive crocking onto the yellow, and moderate fraying of the red fabric.
18"W X 15"H, $28


MOLA W48
Considerable fading of everything except the blue, some wear on the stitching.
20"W X 15"H, $30

MOLA W49
Red top layer has faded a lot and there is about 1 1/2"' of frayed red fabric just above the center.
18"W X 15"H, $28


MOLA W58
Rows and rows of difficult zig zags, all in good condition. Some fading and crocking.
17"W X 16"H, $32

MOLA W25
A few stains.
19"W X 15"H, $32
INDIAN TEXTILES:
Indian ralli
INDIAN TEXTILE 1
Small Indian quilt or "ralli". Old. Small damaged spot near center.
16 1/4"W X 17 1/4" H, $34.
Indian choli
INDIAN TEXTILE 2
Indian choli or traditional blouse. From Gujurat. Old. Embroidered both sides. 27"W X 17"L. $65.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 3
Indian beadwork from
Gujarat,
17.5"W X 17.5 " H, $125.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 4
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
23"W X 8" H, $48.I
Indian embroidered bag
INDIAN TEXTILE 5
Indian embroidered bag from Gujarat, embroidered
on both sides.
9"W X 15" H, $59.
Embroidered Indian bag
IIIINDIAN TEXTILE 6
Indian embroidered bag from
Gujarat, embroidered
on both sides.
10"W X 11" H, $59.
India toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 7
Indian toran from
Gujarat,

24"W X 27" H, $82.50.
India toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 8
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
21"W X 24" H, $82.50.
Indian toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 9
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
24"W 25" H, $82.50.
Indian toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 10
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
21"W X 22" H, $82.50.
Indian torn
INDIAN TEXTILE 11
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
20.5"W X 24.5" H, $82.50
Indian toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 12
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
24 1/2"W X 27 1/2" H, $82.50.
Indian toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 13
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
18.5"W X 28" H, $82.50.
Indian toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 14
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
Indian toran
INDIAN TEXTILE 15
Indian toran from
Gujarat,
21.5"W X 22" H, $82.50.
Indian  textila
INDIAN TEXTILE 16
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
18"W X 18" H, $82.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 17
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
18"W X 17" H, $82
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 18
Indian chakla from
Gujarat, very soft colors from some age fading.
15"W X 14.5" H, $72
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 19

Indian chakla from
Gujarat.
14"W X 14 1/2" H,
$59.
Indian chala
INDIAN TEXTILE 20
Indian chakla from
Gujarat, some tiny black spots on the orange border.
17"W X 17.5" H, $75
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 21
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
14"W X 14" H, $62.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 22
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
14"W X 19" H, $69.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 23
Indian chakla from
Gujarat. This was very likely part of the same larger textile as #24.
11 1/4 "W X 15 1/4" H,
$52.
Indian chakla
I
INDIAN TEXTILE 24
Indian chakla from
Gujarat. This was very likely part of the same larger textile as #23.
11 1/4 "W X 15 1/4" H,
$52.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 25
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
12"W X 16.5" H, $52.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 26
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
Indian chakla
IIINDIAN TEXTILE 27
Indian chakla from
Gujarat, green panel is
12"W X 16" H, $52.
Indian Chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 28
Indian chakla from
Gujarat, green panel is
12"W X 16"H, $52.

Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 29
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,
"W X " H, $46.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 30
Indian chakla from
Gujarat,was part
of a larger textile piece
20"W X 11" H, $39.
Indian chakla
INDIAN TEXTILE 31
Indian chakla from
Gujarat, was part
of a larger textile piece
19 1/2"W X 12" H, $48.