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This piece was originally acquired by Stephen Alpert in 1979. According to Stephen he acquired it directly from the king of Balu when he sold his textiles.
Museum purchase, Textile Arts Council Endowment Fund
From Three Continents: Textile Acquisitions 1996-2000
The extra length could be because it is a ritual piece-not neccessarily worn, beautiful, color a little faded.--Itie van Hout 7/2004 Silk threads imported from Chinese; traded for sandalwood.