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An image of 'Phaa hom' (blanket) by

Northern Laos, Laos

'Phaa hom' (blanket)
Place of origin
Northern LaosLaos
Cultural origin
Tai Nuea people
circa 1860
Media category
Materials used
silk and natural dyes with gold thread; supplementary weft weave

110.0 x 180.0 cm

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This blanket is composed of two pieces of cloth. The warp threads are indigo-dyed silk, and the weft threads are cream coloured. The unusual pattern on the body of the textile is of indigo-coloured silk. The end panel is elaborately decorated with metal-wrapped threads, and white, red, and brownish-green supplementary weft yarns that were added during the weaving process. This exceptionally fine blanket was once used in the Lao royal court and dates to around 1860, making it a rare piece.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

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