"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 (like this elephant) and signs of the zodiac.
This piece is from the 30’s and has some sequins and stones missing, but it’s still a showstopper. Applied to saffron yellow Italian velvet and backed in the same.