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Title

'Sin mii khan' (striped ikat tube skirt)


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

'Sin mii khan' are tube skirts woven with only a little 'ikat' decoration. According to Patricia Cheesman, these skirts became particularly popular during the French colonial period, but are similar stylistically to skirts produced in Muang Phan and Lan Xang (the Laotian kingdom before Thai domination). Such skirts are usually composed of three sections. This one is missing the waist band. The body of the textile has red silk warp and weft threads, and some multi-coloured wefts. The patterns are produced with continuous and discontinuous supplementary weaving, as well as the 'ikat' (tie-dye) technique. The designs include spots, stripes, an abstract 'naga' (mythical serpent), and 'dork saa lii' (corn flowers).

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011


Details


Other Title

'pha sin' (ceremonial skirt)


Place where the work was made

Vientiane Laos


Cultural origin

Lao-Tai people


Date

circa 1880


Media category

Textile


Materials used

Silk, natural dyes; weft ikat, continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft weaving


Dimensions

79.0 x 79.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

252.2003