Name: River Pattern Tapestry Weave and Brocade
The center of this silk, naturally dyed, handwoven textile is woven using the tapestry weave technique, and is woven in a river current pattern, similar to the Navaho lightening pattern. The brocade (supplementary discontinuous weft) patterns are that of two rows of two-headed mythological elephant-birds pregnant with naga (mythological river serpents) surrounding larger figures of naga and phii nyak (mythological giant spirits) that are used to scare children into not venturing in to the forest alone, but which become protective spirits when woven into cloth. The silk is raised in the village where the worms are fed mulberry leaves, and the silk is hand-reeled, not spun. This shaman cloth was designed and the threads dyed by Souksakhon, and woven by the woman pictured wearing the textile - her photo comes with purchase.
Size: 30" x 87"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos