72.5 x 142.0cm (irreg.)
This elaborate 'sin', or ceremonial skirtcloth, is one of the finest textiles worn by the Tai Nuea women of northern Laos. Typically these cloths are made of alternating bands of red silk with supplementary weft decoration, indigo-dyed cotton weft ikat and red-dyed silk weft ikat. The sections of indigo-dyed cotton refer to an archaic tradition where handspun cotton was used to best bring out the vibrant colour of the dye. This intricately woven and dyed cloth is decorated with the traditional 'naga', or 'nak' (snake/dragon), motif in both the indigo and silk ikat panels.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.307.
Susan Scollay., Hali Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 'The Art of Half the World', pg. 110-111, Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 110 (colour illus.), 111. no.2
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 'Laos', Domain, 2003, 307 (colour illus.).