Festival ensemble

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Festival garment of Karen Hill Tribe A) Tunic. Black cotton square mid-length tunic, sides sewn except arm-holes, vertical slit at center front/back to form head-hole/neckline. Head-hole slit and arm holes edged with tiny white seeds. Body of tunic with horizontal bands of embroidery in various patterns (checkerboards, zig-zags, diamonds, "flowers") and colors (red, green, yellow, purple, pink, blue, orange), and horizontal bands of white seeds. At each side, and at center front and center back are "tassels" formed from the embroidery yarn. Bottom edge of tunic with fringe. Unlined. No labels or tags in garment. B) Skirt. Wrap skirt formed … continued below

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Creator: Unknown. 1970/2000.

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This physical object is part of the collection entitled: Texas Fashion Collection and was provided by the UNT College of Visual Arts + Design to the UNT Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. More information about this object can be viewed below.

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Festival garment of Karen Hill Tribe

A) Tunic. Black cotton square mid-length tunic, sides sewn except arm-holes, vertical slit at center front/back to form head-hole/neckline. Head-hole slit and arm holes edged with tiny white seeds. Body of tunic with horizontal bands of embroidery in various patterns (checkerboards, zig-zags, diamonds, "flowers") and colors (red, green, yellow, purple, pink, blue, orange), and horizontal bands of white seeds. At each side, and at center front and center back are "tassels" formed from the embroidery yarn. Bottom edge of tunic with fringe. Unlined. No labels or tags in garment.

B) Skirt. Wrap skirt formed of rectangular panel of hand-woven cotton with horizontal woven wide stripes of red and black, with narrow stripes of green white, yellow, red, and black. Narrow ends with embroidered bands/edging of white triangles, red, yellow, green, pink, white, black, brown, etc. geometric inter-lace forms. 32 1/4" x ca. 68". No labels or tags in garment.

c ) Necklace of nickel silver, large disk.

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Texas Fashion Collection

The UNT Texas Fashion Collection is dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion, and serves as an educational and inspirational resource for students, researchers, and the general public. This vital resource is part of the UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.

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  • 1970/2000

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  • March 7, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

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  • Nov. 26, 2020, 3:02 a.m.

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Festival ensemble, physical object, 1970/2000; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277000/: accessed July 24, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, UNT Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Visual Arts + Design.

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