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Bouyei (Buyi) "wedding blankets" from Guizhou and Guangxi provinces, and other Bouyei textiles

The Bouyei are a group related to the Dai/Tai peoples of southeast Asia, who live today mainly in Guizhou and Guangxi provinces. They make outstanding supplementary weft blankets (sometimes called "wedding blankets") with silk patterning on a cotton foundation.

The blankets selected here are heirloom examples, dating from the late 19th century to the early part of the 20th century, selected for age and condition.

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A very good example of the "water well" design. Silk supplementary weft on cotton foundation. Indigo cotton surround. First half of the 20th century. 69cm x 101cm excluding border.

Bouyi supplementary weft blanket
detail of CET326 detail of Bouyi minority blanket


A very old 19th century Bouyei blanket with diamonds design, silk supplementary weft patterning on a cotton foundation. Soft natural dyed colors. Original border.

92x131cm including border.

old silk and cotton Bouyei wedding blanket

detail of CET229 showing the design: the surface of this blanket is entirely made of silk supplementary weft patterning, the cotton ground being invisible from this side.

detail of Bouyei (Buyi) silk wedding blanket


Old Bouyei blanket with "water well" design. First half of the 20th century. Original borders. 96cm x 129cm including borders.

Bouyei blanket from southwestern China
(detail of CET221) detail of Bouyei blanket


Superb Bouyei blanket from the early part of the 20th century, dyed with natural indigo and tin-mordanted lac. Original borders. 114cm x 162cm including border.

Bouyei blanket with supplementary weft designs, southwestern China