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An image of 'Phaa hom' (blanket) with diamond and star patterns by

Northern Laos, Laos

'Phaa hom' (blanket) with diamond and star patterns
Other titles:
Pha hom
Place of origin
Northern LaosLaos
Cultural origin
Tai Nuea people
mid 19th century-late 19th century
Media category
Materials used
silk and natural dyes with silver thread; supplementary weft weave

80.0 x 168.0 cm

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

This blanket is typically composed of two pieces of cloth joined together. The body of the textile displays diamond forms with geometric shapes and four-point stars inside them. The end panel has horizontal stripes and an S-shape fringe motif known as ‘soi saa’. All the decoration was made with continuous supplementary weft threads, which are extra yarns inserted during the weaving process. The term continuous refers to the fact that they reach across the entire cloth and are not only used in one area.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011