TYPE: a takyeb, or horse / yak forehead decoration

CIRCA: very early 1900’s

And old Tibetan horse trapping known as a ‘takyeb’ with fine hand spun wool warp and weft and all natural dyes. Takyeb’s were used for decorating the forehead of a horse, yak or dzo (a cross between a yak and a cow), and often seen on the lead animal/s in a Himalayan pack train (as in the example above). It features a simple flower motif as its central design, has the remains of its upper leather ‘tie down’ straps and as was the common practice it is backed by cloth (which was replaced as needed over the years when worn out from use).  

SIZE: 0.21m x 0.23m

WARP: wool

WEFT: wool

KNOT COUNT: n/a backing not removed