Rain Cloak (Charkheb)
Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange
. Rain Cloak (Charkheb). early 1900s. woven wool. Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange. 2012.291.
Dimensionslength: 43 1/2 in, 110.4900 cm; width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm
DepartmentTextile Art and Fashion
CollectionTextile Art and Fashion-Asian
In the high altitudes of the Himalayas, this thick wool cloak provided protection from cold, wind, and rain. One length of woven fabric (yanthra), decorated with colored triangles, swastikas, and auspicious diamonds, was cut into three pieces and seamed together. Used primarily in the Bumthang region by older people, the cloak is worn around the shoulders and simply pinned or tied, or held closed as seen in the photo. It is also used as a blanket.
Known ProvenancePurchased 1998 from Diki Wangmo, a Bhutanese textile dealer living in Kathmandu, Nepal by John Ruddy [Santa Fe, NM]; purchased August 2012 from John Ruddy by the Denver Art Museum
- "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)