Name: Silvery Tapestry Weave Healing Cloth
This silvery-grey healing cloth is complex not only for its tapestry weave center, but also for the variety of motifs woven in the border using discontinuous supplementary weft technique. The tapestry weave center is a water pattern, resembling the lightning pattern used by the Navaho. The figures in the border are two rows of two headed saang hong (mythological elephant birds) pregnant with naga (mythological river serpents. These rows surround a wider row of two-headed naga with phii nyak (mythological giant spirits) between them. The continuous supplementary weft rainbow colored sections represent the hong bird (mythological bird whose belly is a rainbow). The cloth is handwoven from village raised, hand reeled, naturally dyed silk. The textile comes with a photo of the natural dyer and designer, Phouth, modeling the piece.
Size: 18.5" x 83"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos