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wrap; ceremonial clothing

A ceremonial wrap. It consists of three strips of handspun, handwoven cloth, indigo with red warp stripes and thin red weft pinstripes. Lengths of red spun animal hair are inserted in rows on the cloth. There are tassels at each end of the cloth formed by warp threads, bound with thread and yellow orchid stalk strips ornamented with cowrie shells, ending in red or black animal hair tufts.

The wrap is a ceremonial cloth worn by a wealthy man who had sacrificed a number of mithan (Bos sp.) during feasts of merit. It could have been worn by a man or a woman, and the tassels on both sides indicate three generations having performed feasts of merit.

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