scarf; shawl

Woman's scarf or shawl made of black cotton cloth in two lengths sewn together, decorated at the ends with polychrome embroidery of small stars, zigzags and bands. The ends are fringed with tassels of red dyed horsehair bound at the top with strips of yellow straw (possibly orchid stems).

The cotton has a small rectangular hole in it.

There are four labels with the object. The first has a number, 'LW19' on it. The second is hand-written, reading, 'Phang-phei. It is the upper garment of the Rongmei lady. It is smaller in size and is usually black in colour.' The third is printed, reading, '19. Rongmei tribe. Woven shawl with straw tassels. By Ajin Alodi Kamei'. The fourth label is also printed, reading, 'LW19. Tribal scarf, Nagaland / Manipur. Rongmei tribe. Ladies upper garment, worn worn for special occasions. Black with yellow straw and red horse hair tassels. About 50-70 years old. Woven by Ajin Alodi Kamei's Grandmother'.

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