beautiful pha biang woven in silk with the bottom end in this photo sewn
on to the plain silk of the longer length (with supplementary weft bands
at the top end) 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.