Name: Brilliant Fuchsia Shawl
This is a very large shawl, striking on a tall person or mounted on a wall, but a little too large to wear for the average Laos woman (see the photo of the weaver!). This textile is handwoven, naturally dyed silk, and is woven using traditional Lao mythological motifs. The broader bands include diamonds representing naga (mythological river serpents) and within them, alternating designs of ancestor figures and naga boats with spirit trees on them. Within these broader bands are discontinuous supplemental weft (multicolored) diamonds with ancestor spirits, fish, and plant designs. There are finer bands of tapestry weave water pattern (these look a bit like the Navaho lightning pattern) bordering bands with ancestor spirits on horses or "mom" (mythological horse-deer). The textile is finished off with the water pattern and thick, luscious gold twisted fringes. Comes with a photo of the weaver modeling this piece.
Size: 100 in. x 31.5 in.
Origins: Houaphon Province, LaosView Cart