Name: Love Tokens
These small silk textiles, called "phaa kan mon" (translated as "auspicious clothes" or, affectionately, "love tokens"), are made of locally-raised, naturally-dyed silk and are of the same quality as the larger ceremonial textiles of the Lao-Tai people. They are "sample sized" and display a single motif element, such as the siho (mythical elephant-bird), phii-nyak (giant spirit), naga (serpent), diamond of flowers, and many others. Traditionally, they were woven by young women to display their talent, intelligence, , and skills to potential suitors. Young weavers often start with creating this size, as the investment in silk is small and the reward is more quickly accomplished. They come in colors that range the rainbow. Please call/text (541-485-9386) or email (maren@HilltribeArt.com) for current selection of colors and motifs.
Size: Roughly 6" (15 cm) x 10" to 12" (26-32 cm)
Origins: Houaphon Province, Laos