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lucky find

January 31, 2011

—maybe I should buy a lottery ticket. Today, I stopped by a consignment shop that I rarely shop at. This piece was just waiting for me.  There are several pictures and descriptions of the same type of textile and technique in the book “The Extraordinary in the Ordinary”,  from the Neutrogena Corp. collection, now seen at the Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe.

The piece measures 56 cm. X 34 cm. (22″ X 13.5″) and other than 2 areas of minor fraying on the border is in excellent condition. The technique is described as “cut-pile and linear embroidery on plain weave raffia palm. The finishing stitches are done with raffia and I think the colours are natural dyes.

 It was on sale, 1/2 price at $9.00! I paid for it quickly and ran, afraid someone would change their mind.

This is a larger piece on display in the workshop area of Maiwa Handprints, Vancouver, B.C.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn Oldroyd permalink
    February 2, 2011 10:44 am

    Wow! that is an amazing find at and amazing price! Somehow stash reduction just doesn’t matter when you see a piece that is meant to be yours.


  2. February 1, 2011 8:23 pm

    Yowza, you did hit the lottery. And Remodelista just featured a beautiful way of framing kuba cloth this week. It’s a hit!


  3. February 1, 2011 1:51 pm

    ok, now how did you ever make such a great score? it was meant to be. i will say to you: you are one LUCKY WOMAN!!!


  4. February 1, 2011 9:56 am

    –yes it is better than the lottery. I couldn’t get home fast enough to see it under a magnifying glass and be really sure it was genuine. How did it get to be in a consignment shop in Victoria?? Think it is old as the plain weave ground is dyed red and apparently that wasn’t common after WWII. You can visit it if you are in Victoria.


  5. February 1, 2011 9:11 am

    Oh my God!!!! What a total score! Kuba cloth….better than a lottery win!


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