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Collection

Attapeu province, Laos

Title
Loincloth
Place of origin
Attapeu provinceLaos
Cultural origin
Katu (Cotu) people
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
cotton, natural dyes, including indigo, and white glass beads
Dimensions

452.0 x 31.5 cm

Credit
Gift of John Yu, in memory of George Soutter 2012. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
83.2012
Location
Not on display
Further information

The Katu live in the highlands of central Vietnam and southern Laos. Such loincloths are worn by men. The cloths are made of cotton with bands of red, yellow, and blue stripes running the length of the textile. At the ends there are sets of red stripes that stretch across the width of the loincloth, and fringes reach around the ends. Sometimes beads or lead threads are also used in the end panels. The decorated end panels are extensively embellished with white glass beads, which are heavy and weigh the cloth down.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.