54.0 x 147.0 cm (irreg.)
Many of these cloths are identified as elephant head cloths, but they are actually cloths used for wrapping and carrying babies among the Tai. This textile is made of hand-woven cotton with continuous supplementary weft threads forming the decorative patterning. The motifs include the 'saang hong' (mythical elephant-bird), the double-headed 'naga' (mythical serpent), roof-lines topped with 'nagas', mountain forms, and geometric shapes. One end has patterning that looks like a fringe ('soi saa'), a feature that is also found on textiles from Thailand and Cambodia.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011
Susan Scollay., Hali, 'The Art of Half the World', pg. 110-111, Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 110, 111 (colour illus.). no.5 (this has been incorrectly identified and should be no.6)