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Dai (Tai) ethnic minority textiles and costume

Tai groups are found throughout southeast Asia, including Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Burma and Yunnan province. They are known especially for their supplementary weft textiles incorporating silk and cotton. There are several Tai/Dai subgroups in China, though their distinctive textiles have not been well researched to date.

See also Dai blankets section.

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Characteristic elegant, narrow jacket worn by Dai women in Yunnan province. Decorated with silk applique on the sleeves and silk embroidery around the lower edge. 40-50 years old. 122cm x 33cm.

Dai minority jacket from Yunnan
(CET37 reverse side) Dai minority jacket from Yunnan province