B’laan people, Mindanao, PhilippinesCirca 1890-1920Cotton, handmade shell disks14 x 45 in / 36 x 114 cmPrice on Request
Ex Collection Valerie Hector
This remarkable blouse was created using hand-carved shell disks that are both aesthetically pleasing and a storage of value. Thousands of hours of hard labor were required to make so many organic sequins. That the blouse is a tailored garment made from cotton may be said to represent a later Indian influence, probably in the 4th century, about the time Indians introduced cotton.
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