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Apron

1960-1980 (Made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

An apron (Tib. pangden) such as this was worn by all Tibetan women on coming of age at around 16 years old. It both protected her clothes and together with a headdress and jewellery, indicated her adult status. The wool was dyed and woven in the home using plants and minerals found in the locality.


Object details
Object type
Materials and techniques
Woven and dyed wool
Brief description
An apron consisting of three panels of dyed and woven wool sewn together.
Physical description
An apron consisting of three panels of dyed and woven wool sewn together. The horizontal coloured bands alternate bands of salmon pinks with darker browns, greens and blues. Each front corner has a brocade panel sewn onto it featuring red flowers. Three are two separate textile ties arttached to each top corner, each 61 cms long. At the back the apron is edged with green cotton at the top and bottom.
Dimensions
  • Length: 53cm
  • Height: 61cm
Credit line
Gift of Karun Thakar in memory of Lord Alistair McAlpine
Object history
Collected in the 1980s in Tibet by Christopher Buckley
Summary
An apron (Tib. pangden) such as this was worn by all Tibetan women on coming of age at around 16 years old. It both protected her clothes and together with a headdress and jewellery, indicated her adult status. The wool was dyed and woven in the home using plants and minerals found in the locality.
Collection
Accession number
IS.44-2016

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Record createdDecember 3, 2015
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