Name: Tai Daeng Horse Blanket with Bomber Motif
Rare, excellent condition horse blanket woven in village in Houaphon Province, Laos. Woven during Vietnam War - note unusual motif of bomber on right side (in black). Otherwise, motifs are very traditional of water buffalo, spotted deer, and elephants. Two-headed mythological elephants woven on side (next to bomber image). White background is hands-spun cotton; motifs are naturally-dyed locally-raised silk with some interwoven poly-cotton threads; black border has commercial cotton warp threads and handspun cotton weft threads. Colored tassels on corners indicate it received a shaman's blessing. Was woven at time of horse ownership in area; post-war the people no longer have horses (and motorcycles fulfill post-war transportation needs). Excellent condition, as it saw little use; some small stains. 50-60 years old (woven between 1965-74).
Size: 54" (137 cm) x 21.5" (55 cm)
Origins: Houaphon Province, Laos