Name: Phii-Nyak Shoulder Cloth with Tapestry Weave
This wide silk shoulder cloth has a center section woven in the tapestry weave technique and using the Phii Nyak motif - a fierce jungle spirit. Children are told to not go into the forest alone or the Phii Nyak will get them and rip of their heads and suck our their guts and they won't be able to go home again. However, when woven into textiles, the Phii Nyak becomes a protective spirit. The border design is of Two-Headed Naga (mythological river serpents). The primary color is black with white, gold, orange, blue, green, and a deep rose as supplementary. This textile is made from village-raised, natural-dyed silk, and is handwoven using both the discontinuous supplemental weft and tapestry weave styles of weaving in Houaphan Province in NE Laos. A photo of the artist wearing her textile is included.
Size: 10" (26 cm) x 82" (208 cm)
Origins: Houaphon Province, Laos