Name: Green Elephant Bird
Spiritual Elephant Birds (Saang Hong) pregnant by rows of stylized naga (spiritual river serpents) are the primary figures in this textile. There are temples on the backs of the Saang Hong with an ancestor spirit in each one. Additionally, the Saang Hong's trunk is touching naga boats on which ride ancestor spirits (the look like forks here) and there are small naga, birds, and butterflies surrounding with diamonds of flowers too. A very complex and interesting textile. The naga boats represent the festival that happens in the fall when people make boats out of leaves and float them down the river with candles in them sending their wishes to the ancestor spirits. This piece can be worn by a smaller person as a scarf or hung on the wall. This textile is handwoven from village-raised, hand-reeled, naturally dyed silk. The textiles is bordered by silkworm cocoons cut and inverted to resemble flowers. A photo of the weaver wearing the textile accompanies the piece.
Size: 16.5" x 66
Origins: Houaphan Province, Laos