Name: Hong Birds and Diamonds of Flowers
This shawl is an interpretation of a healing cloth made in a woman-man-woman type style, with the man center section of a completely different pattern from the woman ends. The handwoven textile, made from village raised, hand reeled, naturally dyed silk, is filled on the two ends with hong birds (mythological bird whose belly is a rainbow), and the center section is diamonds of flowers and naga (mythological river serpents). the predominant dye is lac, which makes the reds used in the textile. Other dyes include both fresh and fermented indigo, nato, and haem ("climbing turmeric" but not related to the root dye) that makes a bright yellow. A picture of the artist, Sukkhavit, modeling her textile is included with purchase.
Size: 16.5" x 76"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos