Rain Cloak (Charkheb)

Rain Cloak (Charkheb)

early 1900s
Country
Bhutan
cloak, rain
woven wool
Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange
2012.291
. Rain Cloak (Charkheb). early 1900s. woven wool. Neusteter Textile Collection: Textile Art department acquisition funds by exchange. 2012.291.
Dimensions
length: 43 1/2 in, 110.4900 cm; width: 48 in, 121.9200 cm
Department
Textile Art and Fashion
Collection
Textile 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 Provenance
Purchased 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
Exhibition History
  • "Cover Story," May 17, 2013 - April 27, 2014 (DAM)