Name: Curled-Tailed Naga and Saang Hong
The wonderfully graphic layout of this textile is achieved through the design of columns of specific mythological creatures marching up vertically throughout the shaman cloth. The brocade (supplementary discontinuous weft) patterns are that of three columns of naga (mythological river serpents) surrounding two columns of two-headed naga and two-headed mythological elephant-birds pregnant with rainbows, which represent the mythological hong bird (whose belly is the rainbow). The silk is raised in the village where the worms are fed mulberry leaves, and the silk is hand-reeled, not spun. All of the natural dyes were made by Lun, and her husband, Boukeo, designed the textile pattern - a photo with both of them displaying the textile is included with purchase.
Size: 31" x 79"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos