Rain Cloak or Charkab, Antique
The style of this cloak indicates that it was woven in the Bumthang area of Central Bhutan. Porters who carried goods to the Hill Tribes covered themselves and their goods while trekking in fowl weather and cloaks like these were highly valued for the protection they offered from the freezing rain and snow..
The cloak is vegetable died wool that is a worm faced twill and woven in three panels. The seams are unmatched and hand sewn. This style is dated by the National Textile Museum as 1875-1900.
Size: 53" in width, 43" in length.. In very good, worn condition.