Name: Two-headed Naga Healing Cloth
This sophisticated silk healing cloth with teal on dark blue has primary motifs of the curly-tailed Naga (river serpent) and the "Box of Naga" (a motif used by the Tai Daeng for the women's headscarves - the belief is that women have a soft spot through which evil spirits can enter and make the women ill - the Box of Naga pattern protects the women from these evil spirits). Secondary motifs include little birds and silk worms. The supplementary colors are used rusty red, gold, copper, silvery blue, white, and blue greens. This textile is made from village-raised, natural-dyed silk, and is handwoven using the discontinuous supplemental weft style of weaving in Houaphan Province in NE Laos. The fringe of “flowers” is made of inverted silk cocoons and silk tassles. A photo of the artist wearing her textile is included.
Size: 11" (28 cm) x 76" (194 cm)
Origins: Houaphon Province, Laos