A beautiful pha biang woven in silk with the end in this photo sewn on
to the plain silk of the longer length in a decorative ladder stitch.
Note the mythological Siho a half-lion half-elephant figure with an ancestor
figure on his back. This pha biang is possibly a Tai Daeng (Red Tai) as
it is similar to one in the Textile Museum in Washington identified by
Mattiebelle Gittinger, Karen Anderson Chungyampin and Chanporn Saiyalard
as being typical Tai Daeng . Patricia Cheesman identifies a similar old
one as T'ai Neua. (She notes that Red, Black and White T'ai from Houa
Phan province with Sam Neua as its capital together all themselves T'ai
Neua.) Mine was purchased in 1988 (as 'from Laos and around 70 years old'
from a dealer in the night market in Chiang Mai. The dyes appear to be
natural and it was possibly woven in the early part of the 20th century.