Textile

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Registration number
40448
Item name
Textile 
Category
Cloth/Textile
 
Indigenous name
Kongkor 
Maker
Mr Tashi Dhon Dup  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Asia > Tibet > Amdo
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Collector
Mr Tashi Dhon Dup 
Acquisition date
March 20, 2010 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mr Tashi Dhon Dup 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

Rectangular textile piece, snow leopard fur hand stitched onto antique silk embroidered backing.

Research notes

Items 40447-50 are pieces of fur trim removed from a Tibetan chuba (jacket) belonging to Tashi Dhon Dup. 40448 is from the collar (kongkor).

“These would feel like the most important thing, people would sacrifice a lot to get them. But it changed, it was important that it changed.”

Tashi DhonDup made these himself, sewing snow leopard fur to antique Indian embroidered panels and attaching these to the cuffs, hem and collar of his chuba /jacket. The fur-trimmed chuba was a sign of good fortune, a prized item of clothing. Tashi brought it with him when he moved to Brisbane from Tibet in 2004.

These fur panels were detached from the chuba in 2006 when the Dalai Lama voiced concerns about the protection of endangered animals. In response, crowds gathered in Amdo and other regions of Tibet to rip the fur from their chubas; in some areas the furs were burned on public bonfires. In Brisbane, Tashi cut the fur off his chuba, donating it to the Anthropology Museum. [Exhibition label, Social Life of Things 2010]

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