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Title

'Phaa hom' (blanket) with swastika pattern ('kachae')


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

As is typical, this blanket is composed of two sections joined down the centre. The textile has red warp and weft yarns. The main section of the cloth has blue supplementary wefts woven in a swastika pattern that is called a "key" design ('kachae'). The end panel is decorated with continuous and discontinuous weft yarns in green, pink, gold, pale yellow, and cream colours. There are also metal-wrapped threads to give the textile an expensive appearance. The designs include diamonds, nests of diamonds, and a stylised floral motif. There is also a fringe-like pattern ('soi saa') that relates to Thai and Cambodian textile designs.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011


Details


Other Title

Pha hom (blanket) with pattern of blue swastika on red ground


Place where the work was made

Sam Nuea Laos


Cultural origin

Tai Nuea people


Date

late 19th century-early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk and natural dyes; supplementary weft weave


Dimensions

86.0 x 196.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

216.2003