Name: Ancestor Spirit and Naga Shawl or Skirt
A unique silk tapestry originally designed to be an extravagant sinh (skirt), but the textile works well also as a shawl and wall hanging. The sinh is handwoven of locally-raised, hand-reeled silk. The weaver displays her talent with two styles of weaving. Ikat-style weaving creates the motifs of khon buhaan (ancestor spirits) and naga (river serpents) on the deep, blue-black background color. Discontinuous supplemental weft style weaving creates the brighter multi-color rectangles and complex hem panel, whose motif is the curly-tailed naga. Photo of the designer and dyer is included in the purchase.
Size: 72" x 31" (183 cm x 79 cm)
Origins: Xam Tai, Houaphon Province, Laos