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'Phaa hom' (blanket) with swastika pattern ('kachae')

late 19th century-early 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Pha hom (blanket) with pattern of blue swastika on red ground
    Place where the work was made
    Sam Nuea Laos
    Cultural origin
    Tai Nuea people
    late 19th century-early 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk and natural dyes; supplementary weft weave
    86.0 x 196.0 cm
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    As is typical, this blanket is composed of two sections joined down the centre. The textile has red warp and weft yarns. The main section of the cloth has blue supplementary wefts woven in a swastika pattern that is called a "key" design ('kachae'). The end panel is decorated with continuous and discontinuous weft yarns in green, pink, gold, pale yellow, and cream colours. There are also metal-wrapped threads to give the textile an expensive appearance. The designs include diamonds, nests of diamonds, and a stylised floral motif. There is also a fringe-like pattern ('soi saa') that relates to Thai and Cambodian textile designs.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011