Very Large Vintage Embroidered Beaded Kalaga Needlework Tapestry in Shadowbox Frame. Kalagas, which are embroidered Burmese tapestries, have been around for about 150 years. Some of the techniques used in making kalagas are much older. For example, the techniques of attaching gold thread and jewels called "shwe-chi-doe" were known to have existed in Burma over 1,000 years ago. Items made using the "shwe-chi-doe" method were and still are rare because they were made from real gold and jewels, making them prohibitively expensive for the common person or every day use.
Kalagas evoke in us a sense of the exotic and- for good reason. Originally developed in the Mandalay court, they reflected the designs found at that time in the palace and in the pagodas. Popular design themes for kalagas included art typically seen on temple walls. Interestingly, these types of designs are still popular today. This is one reason it is common for people to think that the kalaga art form is much older than it is since the most popular subjects illustrated on these tapestries are taken from tales and legends of ancient history.
(Thanks to Asian Art Mart for history).
This is outstanding. It can be the focal point of any room.
Size: 40 by 48 1/2 inches; frame 42 1/4 by 51 1/4 inches.
Normal wear to tapestry otherwise good condition.
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