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An image of Cloth with banded design of stylised animals by

Muang Phan, Northern Laos, Laos

Cloth with banded design of stylised animals
Other titles:
Ceremonial sash with banded design of stylised animals
Place of origin
Muang PhanNorthern LaosLaos
late 19th century-early 20th century
Media category
Materials used
silk, aniline dyes, metal-wrapped threads; continuous supplementary weft weaving

38.1 x 155.0 cm

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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