Name: Complex Pattern Shawl
This shawl or wall hanging is woven using all of the techniques included in the traditional skirt pattern of Houaphan Province, where it was handmade. The textile incorporates discontinuous supplemental weft patterning, shown in the two-headed naga (mythological river serpents) in the border as well as in the spots of color woven throughout. It also had weft matmi (irate), depicting ancestor spirits, naga, and flowers (shown as spots). To further complicate the textile, the white, vertical stripes are made using supplemental warp patterning. This piece has all of the techniques traditionally used by the Lao and Tai people living in this region, and is beautifully handwoven of village raised, hand-reeled, naturally dyed silk. Finished with silk worm cocoons cut to resemble flowers, this textile comes with a photo of the dyer and designer holding the piece.
Size: 30 in. x 77 in.
Origins: Houaphan Province, Laos