Michael Backman Ltd
Southeast Asian & Islamic Textiles
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Ikat
'Greater Blossom' Clan
Savu, Eastern Indonesia
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 561
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Silk Embroidered Linen Panel
Kutch, Northern India
19th century
dimensions: 57cm x 58cm
Inventory no.: 1144
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Batik Headcloth (Iket Kepala) with Stylised Moth (Kupu-Kupu) Motifs
Java, Indonesia
late 19th century
dimensions: 105cm x 105cm
Inventory no.: 1146
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Silk Ceremonial Jacket (Baju) with Gold Brocade
Sumatra, Indonesia
19th century
Inventory no.: 1498
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From where do we source our items? We do not go on buying trips to Asia. Nor do we actively buy from dealers or suppliers based in Asia. We do not source items
from Indonesia itself for example. Almost all the items stocked by Michael Backman Ltd have been sourced from the UK - from old collections. Countless items were brought
to the UK during the colonial era by colonial administrators and the like. Other items were made in Asia for export to the UK – the UK was wealthy early: it has been a major
destination for the world’s exports for hundreds of years.  This means that most of our items have been in the UK for at least sixty to two hundred years.

The conditions in which they have been kept often has been very good – the climate is kind, and there are relatively few pests. Many items were acquired as keepsakes
and curios, meaning that they stopped being used once they came to the UK. This too has helped to preserve them and their conditions often are far better than had they
remained in their home countries. Buying from old UK sources means that the items have good provenance; it helps to avoid fakes, and items that have been amended or
embellished. It also means that our items are obtained legally – today, most countries in Asia prohibit the export of their antiques. So, because of its colonial past, the UK is
perhaps the world’s biggest source of genuine antiques from Asia, perhaps more so than Asia itself, and that is the source into which we tap.

All the items on this page are available for sale. We are based in central London, but sell to clients around the world.  
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Woman's Embroidered Red Vest (Baju Mesirat)
Gayo or Alas People, Central Aceh, Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 1968
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1967
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1966
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Unusual Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1965
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Embroidered Jacket
Kauer People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 1964
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Woman's Embroidered Vest (Baju Mesirat)
Gayo or Alas People, Central Aceh, Indonesia
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 2127
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Man's Embroidered Jacket
Hmong People, Northern Thailand
First half of the 20th century
Inventory no.: 1970
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Man's Embroidered Jacket
Hmong People, Northern Thailand
First half of the 20th century
Inventory no.: 1971
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Embroidered Vest
Parsee People, Gujarat, Northern India
early 19th century
Inventory no.: 3456
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Magnificent Chinese Export Embroidered Silk Bed Canopy or Cover
China, made for the English Market
circa 1770
Inventory no.: 3549
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk Songket
Malay people, East Coast, Malaysia
circa 1900 or earlier
Inventory no.: 3550
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Fine, Embroidered Phulkari Textile
Western Punjab, India
circa 1870
Inventory no.: 3551
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Fine, Embroidered Phulkari Textile
Western Punjab, India
circa 1900
Inventory no.: 3552
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Velvet Wedding Awning with Couching & Applique Work (Tirai)
Malay People, Sumatra, Indonesia & Malay Peninsula
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3557
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 3829
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 3830
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 3831
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1930
Inventory no.: 3834
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1950
Inventory no.: 3835
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3838
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1930
Inventory no.: 3839
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 3840
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Ceremonial Pua Textile
Iban People, Sarawak, Borneo
circa 1940
Inventory no.: 3841
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Rare Quilted, Embroidered & Woven Jacket
Shan or Related People, Eastern Burma, Northern Thailand or Laos
19th century
Inventory no.: 3739
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Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Balak)
Abung People, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3814
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Woman’s Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis Jung Sarat)
Abung or Pubian Peoples, Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia
circa 1920
Inventory no.: 3815
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Embroidered Akho Gara Sari
Parsee (Parsi) People, Surat region, India
early 20th century
Inventory no.: 4057
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Embroidered Akho Gara Sari
Parsee (Parsi), Surat region, India
late 19th century
Inventory no.: 4056
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk ‘Winged Dragon’ Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3817
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Gold & Coloured Silk Thread & Red Silk Songket
Malay people, Palembang, Indonesia or East Coast Malaysia
late 19th-early 20th century
Inventory no.: 3818
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