Silk Shaman Cloths (Ceremonial Blankets), Full-width - Two-headed Naga in Blue
Name: Two-headed Naga in Blue
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 blue color is made from indigo, fermented with local rice whiskey and limestone. The motifs are of two columns of crested, two-headed, pregnant (indicated by alternating colors within its body) naga (mythological river serpents) with curled-tailed naga in-between, plus flowers, silkworms, and rainbow patterns which represent the hong bird (a mythological bird whose belly is a rainbow). Textile comes with a photo of the designer and natural dyer, Phout, wearing the textile.
Size: 30" x 85"
Origins: Houaphanh Province, Laos