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An image of 'Phaa hom' (blanket) with swastika pattern ('kachae') by

Sam Nuea, Laos

Title
'Phaa hom' (blanket) with swastika pattern ('kachae')
Other titles:
Pha hom (blanket) with pattern of blue swastika on red ground
Place of origin
Sam NueaLaos
Cultural origin
Tai Nuea people
Year
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
Accession number
216.2003
Location
Not on display
Further information

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