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Sandra Shamis' collection

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ss09 Jpeg 53K Half of a silk pha biang, probably Tai Daeng - the work is very beautiful but I think its not new.  As soon as I bought (in Berkely) it - another with the same design but in orange took its place.
Half of a silk Pha biang with silk supplementary weft, made commercially in Laos fairly recently. The silk weaving is extremely fine, but the blue
supplementary weft is probably not indigo, since indigo is very difficult to fix on silk.
How do I know it's contemporary? Because the diamond motif is traditionally woven on only one end of the Pha biang, not on both ends as it is here. The other end would have a naak design or some other traditional pattern. Anyway, I really loved the silk, and was only mildly bemused to see another one with orange (probably natural dye) taking its place.
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