Name: Steel Blue Saang Hong and Naga
This handwoven, hand-reeled, naturally-dyed, silk textile is jam packed with mythological figures. The primary figure in the middle section of the textile is that of the naga - a mythological river serpent. The naga is portrayed as pregnant, which you can tell from the alternating colors of flowers making up its body. On either side of the middle of the naga's bodies are two hong bids (mythological birds whose bellies are rainbows), which are also echoed in the side pattern alternating with two-headed saang hong (mythological, two-headed elephant birds. Small birds and flowers fill the ground between the larger figures creating vibrant, visual feast. Textile comes with a photo of the designer and natural dye artist, Souksakhone, modeling the textile.
Size: 19.5" x 87"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos