50 X 26 CM
A Kalaga is a heavily embroidered appliqué tapestry made of silk, flannel, felt, wool and lace against a background made of cotton or velvet.
This kalaga is in good condition. It portrays a pair of dancers.
These tapestries use a sewing technique called shwe gyi
This art form emerged during the Konbaung dynasty in the mid-19th century and reached its zenith during the reign of Mindon Min, when velvet became fashionable at the royal court.
In a typical tapestry, padded figures are cut from various types of cloth and sewn onto a background, usually red or black cloth to form an elaborate scene, traditionally from Burmese classical plays (e.g. Ramayana, Jataka).
The figures are sewn using a combination of metallic and plain threads and adorned with sequins, beads and glass stones.
If there is interest, I will provide other details/information available prior to purchase.
Fraser-Lu, Sylvia (1994). Burmese Crafts: Past and Present. Oxford University Press. p. 265. .
Falconer, John; Luca Invernizzi (2000). Burmese Design and Architecture. pp. 194–195.
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