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Title

Cloth with banded design of stylised animals

late 19th century-early 20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This may be an old-style shoulder cloth ('phae kep') from the Muang Phan region as it is blue rather than the common red colour. The decoration is very similar to red Muang Phan shoulder cloths. The piece is composed of indigo-blue silk with bands of continuous supplementary weft yarns. These extra yarns are of varying colours and some have been wrapped with gold-coloured metal. The motifs include birds, four-legged animals, stripes, and an imitation fringe pattern (soi saa) that relates to designs found on the borders of Thai and Cambodian 'ikat' textiles and is a protective motif.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial sash with banded design of stylised animals


Place where the work was made

Muang Phan Northern Laos Laos


Date

late 19th century-early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk, aniline dyes, metal-wrapped threads; continuous supplementary weft weaving


Dimensions

38.1 x 155.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

226.2003