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The textiles displayed here have been rarely seen over the past 30 years; they have been set aside in a Chinese wood shipping container, filled with sandalwood root to prevent any bug damage or mildew. These textiles are not only high in visual value but are also in exceptional condition. I rarely purchased textiles that were damaged in those days.
Along the way, I became known as a “dealer to the dealers” as I met few private collectors. And I would occasionally sell to museums. Pieces I have collected in the field now appear in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Dallas Museum of Art, the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem MA) and the Yale University Art Gallery. Joe Fischer featured the Sumba “shrimp” blanket on his catalogue cover for an Indonesian textile show in San Francisco in the mid-80s.