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Lao textiles

(some Lao textiles from my collection)

The woven pha biang were collected in 1988 in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, purched from dealers. Both are probably dyed with natural dyes and possibly woven in the first half of the twentieth century. The narrower all cotton pha chet, is much more modern - probably late 1980s - and dyed with chemical dyes. The cotton woven siho (mythalogical figure half lion and half elephant) is a modern fragment (end of the 20th beginning of 21st century) made into a cushion and purchased in Malaysia. It is probably from Laos but might be from Vietnam.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 98K Tai Daeng pha biang, natural dyes, silk
to Jpeg 72K Tai Daeng pha biang, natural dyes, silk
to Jpeg 84K Tai Daeng pha biang, natural dyes, silk
to Jpeg 92K Central diamond at one end of a Tai Daeng pha biang, natural dyes, silk
to Jpeg 60K Siho supplementary weft at one end of a Tai Daeng pha biang, natural dyes, silk
to Jpeg 78K supplementary weft at one end of a Tai Daeng pha biang, natural dyes, silk
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to Silk supplementary weft end of a pha biang showing siho, mythological animals half-lion, half-elephant, unique to the Lao culture, with spirit figures on their backs walking amongst other figures including nak
to Jpeg 61K Strips of silk applied covering a woven pattern at the end of an indigo dyed cotton woven length of a pha biang
to Jpeg 90K Silk woven diamond as part one end of a pha biang collected in Chiang Rai in 1988 and possibly from the first half of the 20th century.
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to Jpeg 97K A modern cotton supplementary weft woven pha chet purchased in northern Thailand in 1988 - and probably woven during that decade. The bright dyes are very clearly chemical but the weaving is very fine.
 
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to Jpeg 71K A new (end 20th beginning 21st century) woven fragment of a siho, a mythological animal half-lion, half-elephant unique to the Lao culture and considered to be imbued with special powers shown with an ancestor figure riding on his back between two birds.
to Jpeg 52K A new (end 20th beginning 21st century) woven fragment showing an ancestor figure between two bird riding on the back of a siho, a mythological animal half-lion, half-elephant unique to the Lao culture and considered to be imbued with special powers.
to Jpeg 51K A new (end 20th beginning 21st century) woven fragment showing an ancestor figure. Woven in cotton, probably chemical dyed supplementary weft coloured threads.
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this page last updated 8 February, 2004