Rare Vintage Karen Hill Tribe Decorative Sequined Temple Hat
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Rare Vintage Karen Hill Tribe Decorative Sequined Temple Hat:
I have compiled a wealth of uniq
I have compiled a wealth of unique treasures, antiques and artworks from Asia with a fantastic and mysterious history from travels, China, Japan, Bali, Tibet, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Taiwan, Philippines, Laos and Vietnam.
My fascination with Asia inspired me to move here from England and become an avid collector/buyer of Asian oriental antique statues, carvings, puppets, bronzes and unique objects, other items have been from years of collecting and accumulating from estates, private collections and sales.
RARE VINTAGE KAREN HILL TRIBE DECORATIVE SEQUINED TEMPLE HAT
Made from a stiff cotton with individually hand sewn sequins, this is a rare temple hat.
For centuries much of the population of northern Thailand has been composed of ethnic groups commonly known as 'hill tribes'. The largest of these is the Karen group numbering around 400,000 in Thailand.
The two main Karen groups in Thailand are the Sgaw and Pwo Karen. The Karen Hill tribes Trust works with the largest, the Sgaw Karen, who live in the Khun Yuam and Mae La Noi districts of the Mae Hong Son Province.
Their history in northern Thailand can be traced back to the twelfth century. It is thought that Karen originally came from Tibet, through China, and eventually to Thailand.
In Thailand they mostly live in the more remote mountainous areas due west of Chiang Mai. They are subsistence farmers who live at peace with nature and the forests. The Karen settled in what is termed the 'middle level' in the mountains, namely between 800 and 1,800 meters.
They were semi-nomadic people using swidden (slash and burn) farming methods, moving around on a seven year cycle. However, around 1968 the Government insisted that they must stop moving around. They were offered Thai ID and land rights if they could prove longevity. Now they are settled but their lifestyle is still influenced by their culture.
Due to the size, shape and being slightly fragile, some pieces will have to be specially wrapped, boxed and insured for loss only which shows in the shipping cost, I do not intend to take any chances with these pieces, better safe than sorry, it would be heart breaking to think it arrived broken and deserves looking after.
There are a lot of retired American, English, Germans etc living here in Thailand enjoying their last days in hotter tropical climes. With being out and about every day looking for items to buy I meet many foreigners living in strange out of the way places, I also do a lot of advertising in local papers etc saying I will buy any collections, Antiques and so on, things are starting to pick up, I am getting a few Thai ladies calling saying their husbands have passed away and have items that they do not know what to do with, there is some great stuff turning up.
Height of hat: 10 inches...26cm.
Width: 13 inches...33cm
Weight: 1.3 kilo.
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The Thai postal service charges $30.00 a kilo by air, land sea is a lot cheaper but takes longer. I cannot be held responsible for your countries import taxes or any other duties that have to be paid or control what Thai post charges for shipping.
Shipping from Thailand can take between 10 to 28 days depending on the postal service and area so please be patient.
Thai post only insures for loss and not damage.
I try my best to bring you unique and sometimes very rare items, I travel to many out of the way places where there are no hotels, its normally my bike, sleeping bag, a tree and lots of mosquito's, to bring you these pieces. I can sell you an item, wrap it as carefully as I can and then ship it to you. I cannot control what Thai post charges for shipping or tell you the exact time it takes to arrive to you, and can only give you a rough idea from past dealings, I have no control what so ever over any postal service's or U.S. customs. I use bubble wrap and peanuts to cushion each item from possible mishandling during shipping. If for any reason, the item is broken, please email within 24 hours along withpictures of the broken item, original box inside and outside.
I try to take good photo's with different angles, I also put all the information I know about the piece on the page including Height, Width and Weight, I also state clearly at the bottom of the page what it will cost me to ship it to you, I do not charge for the box and wrapping which is also expensive here as it has to be imported. Don't be leaving me a 2 or 3 star rating about shipping or anything else, everything you need to know is here on the page, if you disagree with these conditions go elsewhere. There are many new buyers now on taking advantage of good honest sellers leaving negative response and low DSR's for silly reasons.
US & CANADA...Airmail 10 -28 Days $35.00
EUROPE...Airmail 10 -20 Days £20.00
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