Name: Naga and Phii Nyak
Subdued yet rich natural dye colors simultaneously hide and enhance the naga (mythological river serpent) and phii nyak (mythological giant spirit, used to scare children from going into the forest alone, and yet, becomes a protective spirits when woven into a textile). The dyes are a combination of fermented indigo (dark blue), lac (red), kor ben (gold from the bark of a huge jungle tree), warm grey (the gold overdyed for 20 minutes in burned rice field dirt), blue-grey (the gold overdyed for 30 minutes in the burned rice field dirt), black (gold overdyed for 4 days and 3 nights in the burned rice field dirt), and more. The two-headed naga are pregnant, as shown by the alternating colored and plain flowers making up the bodies, and the phii nyak are the central figures in the textile. A photo of the natural dyer and designer, Lun, wearing her textile is included with purchase.
Size: 16.5" x 71"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos