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Antique textiles and related items from Indonesia, Malaysia, India and elsewhere in Asia and beyond are presented here.

Most items have been sourced from within the UK, often from old colonial-era collections.

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3552

Fine Indian Embroidered Phulkari Textile

Western Punjab, India
circa 1900

length: 237cm, width: 116cm

Provenance

UK art market

9343

Exceptional Saudi Arabian Embroidered & Beaded Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 130cm, weight: 1,319g

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9344

Superb Saudi Arabian Embroidered & Beaded Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 136cm, weight: 1,472g

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9345

Saudi Arabian Embroidered & Beaded Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 124cm, weight: 1,421g

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9346

Saudi Arabian Beaded & Embroidered Dress (Thobe)

Bani Malik tribal group, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
mid-20th century

length: 120cm, weight: 849g

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9347

Saudi Arabian Beaded & Tasselled Head Covering (Qarqoosh)

Bani Malik Tribe or Bal Harith Tribe, Hijaz region, southern Saudi Arabia
early 20th century

width (without tassels): approximately 63cm, length (without tassels): approximately 132cm, weight: 493g

Provenance

private UK collection, collected in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s

9006

Straits Chinese Beaded Wedding Slippers

Straits or Peranakan Chinese, Straits Settlements, probably Malacca, Malaysia/Singapore
circa 1880

length: 25cm, width: approximately 8cm, combined weight: 108g

Provenance

UK art market

9104

Lampung Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Kaca)

Lampung People, South Sumatra, Indonesia
early 20th century

length: 118cm, width: 63.5cm (which makes it 127cm in total for both side), weight: 636g

Provenance

UK art market

8946

Bamileke Resist-Dyed Ndop Textile

Bamileke People, Cameroon
early 20th century

length: 155cm, width: 97cm

Provenance

UK art market

8694

Balinese Double-Ikat Geringsing Cawat Ding Ding Si Gading Cloth

Tenganan Pegeringsingan, North-East Bali, Indonesia
19th century

folded length: 105cm (full length: 210cm), width: 42.5cm

Provenance

private collection, UK; believed to have been collected in Bali in the 1920s

8692

Rare Balinese Double-Ikat Geringsing Wayang Kebo Cloth

Tenganan Pegeringsingan, North-East Bali, Indonesia
19th century

length: 210cm, width: 51.7cm

Provenance

private collection, UK; believed to have been collected in Bali in the 1920s

8480

Anatolian Woven Saddle Bag

Turkey, probably the Yoruk people, Taurus Mountains, Anatolia
early 20th century

length: approximately 100.5cm, width: approximately 51.5cm

Provenance

private collection, London, UK

8461

Fijian Barkcloth Cloth (Masi)

Fiji
19th-20th century

length: approximately 170.5cm, width: approximately 87cm

Provenance

UK art market

6524

Mongo Woman’s Woven Buttock Shield (Bakonga)

Mongo People, Congo
early 20th century

length: approximately 88cm, width: 8.3cm, weight: 157g

Provenance

private collection, London, UK.

7148

Tibetan Noble’s Fine Bone & Silk Belt

Tibet or Mongolia
19th century

length (including buckle): 105cm, width: 4.9cm, weight: 226g

Provenance

private collection, Germany.

6602

Naga Cowrie Shell Apron or Loin Cloth

Naga People, Burma (Myanmar)
early 20th century

length: 69.2cm, width: 22.5cm, weight: 548g

Provenance

UK art market

6521

Andaman Islands Man’s Dance Regalia

Andaman Islands, possibly from the Jarawa Tribe, South Andaman
circa 1900

indicative length of headdress (band & tassels): 49cm

Provenance

private collection, London. UK; previously, Charles Wilfred Hext (b.1880-1919)

5383

Parsi (Parsee) Red Sari Embroidered Border (Kor Ni Sari)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
early 20th century

length: approximately 518cm, width: 115cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

5382

Parsi (Parsee) Blue Sari with Embroidered Border (Kor Ni Sari)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India
early 20th century

length: approximately 449cm, width: 112cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

5656

Rare Gujarati Silk Trade Shawl with Rare Tax Stamps

Gujarat, Western India
late 18th century

152.5cm x 151cm

Provenance

UK art market

6387

Chin Woman’s Woven Silk Tube Skirt (Hni Tial)

Hakha Chin People, Chin State, Western Burma (Myanmar)
circa 1950

118cm x 69cm

6386

Burmese Royal Silk Achiek Cloth Sutra Cover

Burma (Myanmar)
19th century

70cm x 78cm

3739

Rare Tai Shan Quilted, Woven & Embroidered Jacket

Shan, Chin or Related People, Eastern Burma, Northern Thailand or Laos
19th century

length: 74cm, width: 56cm

Provenance

private collection, London; art market, Paris.

5846

Five Chinese Enamelled Hanging Ornaments

China
circa 1850

lengths: 65cm-98cm

Provenance

UK art market

6187

Fine, Berber Carved Wooden Spindle Whorl

Berber People, Anti-Atlas, Morocco
19th century

diameter: 5.8cm, height: 2.7cm

Provenance

private collection, UK

6001

North Indian Velvet Jacket with Fine Zardozi Embroidery

Northern India, possibly Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
19th century

width across arms: 78cm, length: 40cm

Provenance

private collection, UK.

6492

Very Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Priest’s Costume with Leather & Mirrors

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1850

length: 96.5cm, width: 54.5cm (approximately)

Provenance

found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

6493

Rare & Early Yoruba Shango Shrine Leather Bag (Laba)

Yoruba People, Nigeria
circa 1850

width: 49.5cm

Provenance

found in the attic of a house in northern England where it is believed to have been stored undisturbed since at least the 1930s.

5393

Parsi (Parsee) Cream Sari with Pallav & Embroidered Border (Kor Pallav No Garo)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
early 20th century

length: 451cm, width: 114cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

5322

Straits Chinese Groom’s Double-Sided, Finely Embroidered Blue Wedding Sash

Straits Chinese, Straits Settlements (Singapore, Penang, Malacca)
late 19th or early 20th century

length: 197cm, width: 6.5cm

Provenance

Acquired by a colonial administrator in the early 20th century, and has been in England since.

5319

Finely Embroidered Straits Chinese Silk Wedding Valance

Straits Chinese, Straits Settlements (Singapore, Penang, Malacca)
circa 1900

wdith: 175cm, length (including tassel hangings): 103cm

Provenance

Acquired by a former colonial British Resident Advisor to Kelantan in the early 20th century, and has been in England since.

5315

Embroidered Chinese Wall Hanging with Shou (寿) & other Daoist Deities

China, exported to the Straits Settlements
19th century

dimensions of backing material: 120cm x 84cm

Provenance

collected by Alwyn Sidney Haynes (1878-1963), and thence by descent. Haynes was a colonial administrator in Malaya and the Straits Settlements between 1901 and 1934. He held many posts including Acting British Resident, Pahang (1924); British Resident, Perak (1925); British Advisor, Kedah (1925); British Advisor, Kelantan (1930); and Acting Colonial Administrator, Straits Settlements (1933), after which he retired and returned to England, and lived near Stratford-upon-Avon, and then in Leamington Spa. Haynes loaned some of the items he collected in Malaya to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in 1939. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1950.

5810

Glass Beaded Wedding Slippers (Kasut Manek)

Straits Chinese Community, Singapore, Malacca or Penang
circa 1920

length: 25cm

Provenance

UK art market

4844

Parsi Embroidered Vest (Jhabla)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
19th century

height: 64cm, width: 57cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

561

Ikat Selendang Cloth

'Greater Blossom' Clan, Savu, Eastern Indonesia
late 19th century

length: 184cm (not including fringe); width: 90cm

Provenance

UK art market

1968

Acehnese Woman’s Embroidered Vest (Baju Mesirat)

Gayo or Alas People, Central Aceh, Indonesia
early 20th century

width: 42cm, length: 43cm

Provenance

UK private collection

1966

Indonesian Lampung Embroidered Jacket

Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900

width: 152.5cm, length: 33.5cm

Provenance

UK private collection

1965

Unusual Lampung Embroidered Jacket

Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900

width: 157cm, length: 38cm

Provenance

UK private collection

1964

Lampung Embroidered Jacket

Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900

width: 141.5cm, length: 31cm

Provenance

UK private collection

2127

Aceh Woman’s Embroidered Vest (Baju Mesirat)

Gayo or Alas People, Central Aceh, Indonesia
early 20th century

width: 38cm, length: 40cm

Provenance

UK private collection

4941

Indian Embroidered & Mirrored Cotton Upper Garment (Choli), with a 19th century Label Card

Northern India
19th century

width from arm to arm: 77cm, length: 37cm

Provenance

old private collection, UK.

1970

Thai Hmong Man’s Embroidered Jacket

Hmong People, Northern Thailand
First half of the 20th century

width: 136cm, length: 42cm

Provenance

UK private collection

1971

Hmong Man’s Embroidered Jacket

Hmong People, Northern Thailand
First half of the 20th century

width: 136cm, length: 42cm

Provenance

UK private collection

4056

Embroidered Akho Gara Sari

Parsee (Parsi) Surat region, India
late 19th century

length: 530cm, width: 120cm

Provenance

UK art market

3839

Ceremonial Borneo Iban Pua Textile

Iban Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
circa 1930

length: 230cm, width: 93cm

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3841

Iban Ceremonial Pua Textile

Iban Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940

length: 209cm, width: 119cm

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

5388

Parsi Embroidered Vest (Jhabla)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
19th century

height: 63cm, width: 57cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

3829

Ceremonial Borneo Iban Pua Textile

Iban Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
circa 1940

length: 198cm, width: 131cm

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3835

Ceremonial Borneo Iban Pua Textile

Iban Dayak People, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
circa 1935

length (including fringes): 235cm, width: 98cm

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of mostly Borneo-related textiles and other ethnographica.

3821

Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Tua) Fragment

Pubian People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1920

length: 114cm, width: 58cm

Provenance

Acquired in the UK, from the estate collection of Dr George Yuille Caldwell (1924-2016). Dr Caldwell, an English-born physician moved to Singapore in the 1950s, from where he built up a collection of Indonesian textiles and other ethnographica.

4841

Parsi Embroidered Vest (Jhabla)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
19th century

height: 66cm, width: 64cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

5376

Unusual Parsi Embroidered Silk Purse

Gujarat, Northern India
mid-20th century

length: 21.7cm, height: 15cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

5377

Fine Parsi Embroidered Vest (Jhabla)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
19th century

height: 57cm, width: 55.5cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.

4842

Parsi Embroidered Vest (Jhabla)

Parsi (Parsee) community of Bombay, India.
19th century

width: 51cm, height: 42cm

Provenance

from the family collection of a Parsi family based in northern England but originally from Bombay, India.