Name: Silk Shaman Cloth or Ceremonial Wedding Blanket
A fine example of the genre, this ceremonial wedding blanket center piece is exquisite in its detail and subtle muted earthy color play, with its black base color and light gold, old gold, black, red, tobacco, light teal and grey supplemental weft brocade designs intermingling and changing throughout the textile creating a visual masterpiece. Its tassels are "flowers" made from silk worm cocoons trimmed to resemble a flower petal and turned inside out for placement with long silk "stamen." The pattern in this piece is predominantly naga (mythical river serpents), with baby diamond-headed naga and two-headed naga with both triangle and diamond heads. This piece has cured-tailed naga and flower and water designs on the borders. Of interesting note particularly for weavers, this piece has a dye-lot change in the main light gold brocade color about two thirds of the way down the textile. It is not a significant color change, but it is definitely noticeable when hanging with that portion showing. Textile can be hung with the lighter dye-lot portion showing or behind the hanger. Note: dimensions do not include tassels. Comes with the photo of the master dyer and designer of this piece.
Size: 75 in. x 30.5 in.
Origins: Houaphon Province, LaosView Cart