Name: Naga and Saang Hong in White
Two main figures make up this calm feeling yet complex textile. First, it is not completely balanced from right to left, a component of many Tai Daeng textiles. There are two primary diamonds of patterns. One pattern that has 1-1/2 columns of design, includes two headed naga (spiritual river serpents) with stripes of flowers that represent the mythological hong bird whose belly is the rainbow. The second pattern that has 2 columns of design includes two saang hong (spiritual elephant birds) whose trunks turn into naga. Given the use of color to delineate the left to right imbalanced pattern, the textile creates interesting visual movement. This textile is handwoven from village-raised, hand-reeled, naturally dyed silk. It comes with a photo of Souksakhone, the designer and natural dyer, holding the textile.
Size: 30" x 88"
Origins: Houaphan Province, Laos