"Kalaga" is the traditional name for embroidered tapestries from Myanmar (Burma). This style comes from the Mandalay region and the tradition goes back more than a century.
They are generally made from linen, silk, velvet and cotton adorned with plain and metallic threads, metal sequins, beads and glass "stones."
Kalagas commonly depict stories from the Jataka (Buddha's journey towards enlightenment) and the Ramayana (Hindu epic Journey of King Rama) as well as historical scenes, lucky animals and signs of the zodiac. Like the decorations you might see in an ornate Burmese temple, Kalagas are awash in colorful and shiny details.
Most Kalagas are best hung in a frame but not under glass so that the detail and texture can be fully appreciated. They can also be hung as-is without a frame.
This particular piece of 3 Elephants - stunning framed, on a brown red/brown/maroon/blue Border enhancing the beauty of this unique art work from northern Thailand
"These original works and techniques come from Burma, these Hill tribes tapestries are known as Kalaga, or "foreign curtain" in Sanskrit, a very beautiful Hill tribe art. Each wall hanging is an individual work of art created from hundreds to thousands of individual beads... stones... and sequins. Some can take up to a year to finish. Kalaga's are hand embroidered on cotton velvet and then stuffed with kapok fiber to make it embossed, achieving a three-dimensional effect with the kapok stuffing.
Size: 44x20 inc