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Title

Piece of a phaa biang (shawl/scarf)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This piece comes from the end of a 'phaa biang', a textile type that is composed of several sections. As sections become worn, they are replaced, and this is probably one such replacement. Lao-Tai women wrap 'phaa biang' cloths around one shoulder and the torso. These cloths are also used for healing practices ('phaa sabai'), as head wraps (phaa khan soeng), and as shoulder cloths ('phaa phai'). The plain quality of this section suggests that it was not from a wealthy family. It is decorated with supplementary weft weaving which forms the stripes and the zigzag patterns.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011


Details


Other Title

Bowing cloth


Places where the work was made

Laos
Sam Nuea Laos


Cultural origin

Tai Daeng people


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, natural dyes; continuous supplementary weft weaving


Dimensions

30.0 x 50.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

229.2003



Place

Where the work was made
Laos