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Loin cloth
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

A loin cloth with many lead beads has a high status among Cotu. The one shown is one of the most valuable ones which only rich families can afford. The loin cloth was worn during special ceremonies such as weddings. The fact that Ploong Plec’s father-in-law gave it to him was special. Nowadays, a loin cloth with lead bead designs is becoming more and more rare and therefore considered precious in the Cotu villages.

History of the Object
According to Mr.Ploong Plec, a Cotu family in Hien District exchanged this loin cloth for an antique jar that normally has a value of several buffaloes.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Cotton thread, lead beads 
Measurements
Width 27 cm. Length 530 cm.  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Laos; Xaravan 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century (middle) 
Function
A man’s costume worn during traditional ceremonies and on the occasion of New Year
Acquisition
This loin cloth was made for and worn by Ploong Plec’s father-in-law in a village of the Cotu people. In 1990 he donated it to his son-in-law when the latter was 49 years old. In 1996 Mr. Ploong Plec sold it to the museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, State property of Vietnam 
Museum
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology 
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