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Title

'Phaa tuum' ( baby carrier) or Phaa ob ( wrapping cloth)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Other Title

Elephant's headcloth


Place where the work was made

Laos


Cultural origin

Tai Lue people


Date

circa 1920


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton and natural dyes; supplementary weft weave


Dimensions

54.0 x 147.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

219.2003



Place

Where the work was made
Laos

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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)