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Southern White Thai (Tai Dam) cloth for blankets or pha lai or, in this case as it is red, it may be called pha daang Ban Lac village, Mai Chau District in Hoa Binh Province near the border with the north-western part of Thanh Hoa Province in north west Vietnam 9510A22.JPG

Southern White Thai (Tai Dam) cloth for blankets or pha lai or, in this case as it is red, it may be called pha daang.  The cloth will be woven in long lengths which can be cut up into shorter lengths.  In pieces of 3 to 5 metres it may be used for coffin screens or it may be cut into shorter pieces and 2 of them are sewn together to make the centre of a blanket which is lined and backed with plain cotton cloth usually left un-dyed.  See References for article by Michael C Howard and Kim Be Howard in which they describe in detail the textiles of the Southern White Thai including those of the Mai Chau District visited in 1997 and 1998, within a couple of years of my visit (1995).

Ban Lac village, Mai Chau District in Hoa Binh Province near the border with the north-western part of Thanh Hoa Province in north west Vietnam.

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