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Cloth with banded design of stylised animals

late 19th century-early 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Ceremonial sash with banded design of stylised animals
    Place where the work was made
    Muang Phan Northern Laos Laos
    late 19th century-early 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk, aniline dyes, metal-wrapped threads; continuous supplementary weft weaving
    38.1 x 155.0 cm
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    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