38.1 x 155.0 cm
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