Name: Phii Nak Tapestry Weave Healing Cloth
Souk is the Master Dyer for this silk healing cloth - a combination tapestry weave and discontinuous supplemental weft design. Phii Nak (giant spirit - a very fierce protective spirit with one head and curling arms) are the center tapestry weave pattern. The discontinuous supplemental weft designs include a siho (mythological elephant lion or elephant bird) with a naga (mythological river serpent) trunk, and who is pregnant with naga. Other naga surround the siho. The panel below the siho and naga combination contains two-headed siho (it flips in the middle, with a head and two feet on the ground, and two feet and another head in the air). The silk weft is all from silk worms raised in a nearby village, the dyes from the forest, the designs by Souk, and the weaving by a woman up in the hills who is able to make a living weaving in her own village. The tassels on the bottom are silk worm cocoons cut to resemble flowers. Another collector's piece, stunning in execution and color, for wearable or wall art. Comes with a photo of Souk holding up her textile.
Size: 18.25 in. x 84 in.
Origins: Houaphan Province, LaosView Cart