Woman’s apron hothra jalo
Wool with cotton edging
35½ in X 35 in.
Very Good, one corner has small native repair
Hothra jalo means “Mongolian weaving with rainbow” and is used to describe the hand loomed woolen cloth that is produced in Tibet but highly valued in Bhutan and northern India as well. This example is in the form of a traditional Tibetan woman’s apron comprised of four panels of woolen fabric with alternating weft stripes of various shades of indigo blue, terra cotta, and deep scarlet red. It is further embellished with alternating red and blue cruciform shapes that have been tie – dyed or stamped onto plain grounds of ecru and off white stripes. These cruciform shapes denote elevated social status as most women’s aprons are composed of simple narrow stripes. That the crosses are in groups of mostly six is considered very prestigious, we have been informed by Tibetan and Bhutanese alike. The simple square form is trimmed in turquoise blue cotton trade cloth for a finished edge and additional visual appeal.