Name: Multitude of Naga
This large shaman cloth or ceremonial blanket is made from village-raised, hand-reeled silk, naturally dyed, and handwoven on a hand built loom. The primary black color is made from the local huge jungle tree Kor Ben, which makes a beautiful old gold color. This gold silk, is then soaked for 4 days and 3 nights in the ashes and dirt from the burned rice fields to make a true black. The motifs are of two-headed naga (mythological river serpents) of many types - with diamond heads, triangle heads, some with alternating colors of flowers making up their bodies indicating fertility, and some solid. There are also curled tailed naga in the borders, and ancestor spirits in the diamonds between the naga in the body of the textile. The rainbow sections represent the hong bird (a mythological bird whose belly is the rainbow). Textile comes with a photo of the designer and natural dyer, Souksakhone, wearing the textile.
Size: 34.5" x 90"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos