Name: Intricate Naga Shaman's Shawl
The most intricate textile we have ever seen, this shaman's shawl is handwoven of locally-raised, hand-reeled, naturally-dyed silk. The fringe is of inverted silk cocoons shaped into flowers. The meticulous design's motif is the naga (river serpent), which in Tai Daeng tradition symbolizes female energy and power. Many of the hundreds of intertwining naga have "rainbow-colored" bodies, which indicates fertility. This very finely woven silk took about 6 months to weave, and represents the height of the region's complexity and precision. A photo of the designer and dyer is included with the purchase.
Size: 89" x 30" (226 cm x 76 cm)
Origins: Xam Tai, Houaphon Province, Laos