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.