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Kiala Festival Dress
25.28-301-304
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The dress is beautiful and it is interesting from an ethnological point of view, where it shows the absorption of influences of other cultures.

History of the Object
This beautiful festival gear once belonged to a woman of the “Kiala” somewhere in or around the town that is in Tibet called Dartsedo, in Chinese Kangding. The “Kiala” (tib.: lCags la, chin.: Minzheng), though, are neither Tibetans nor Han, but a separate ethnic group speaking a tibetoburman language. Their culture has absorbed elements from the Tibetan and the Chinese side alike, as can be seen in this dazzling garment, that uses Chinese brocades, and Tibetan-Buddhist symbols and combines them with a straight cut and pleated skirt that are very typical of many of the small peoples in the eastern Tibetan regions. The garment was worn with a colourful vest, a fancy embroidered hat and a small embroidered purse.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Cotton, silk, gold thread, others. 
Measurements
Width max 176 cm Height ca. 140 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China; Sichuan; Dartsedo Kangding 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; around 1900 
Function
Festival garment of a “Kiala” Woman in Sichuan Province, China. 
Acquisition
This garment was acquired in “Tatsienlu” in 1914 by the German traveller-collector, Walther Stoetzner. It seems likely that he got it from Chinese soldiers who were in the region to quell an uprising. Our museum bought large parts of Stoetzner´s Collection in 1925. 
Copyright
Saal/Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg 
Museum
Museum of Ethnology, Hamburg 
Credit line
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg, Inv.Nr. 25.28:301-304 

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