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Curtain with diamond pattern and ancestral figures

mid 19th century-early 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Ceremonial door hanging with design of archaic figures on border
    Place where the work was made
    Northern Laos Laos
    mid 19th century-early 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk, aniline dyes; continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft weaving
    76.0 x 175.3 cm
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    This curtain would have been used to cover doorways or separate a room into sections. Usually, they are surrounded by a piece of plain cloth, but this example lacks that border. The textile is decorated with ancestral figures, diamonds with vegetal motifs, the elephant-bird ('saang hong'), a mythical animal associated with spirits and the heavens, and a fringe-like pattern ('soi saa') related to Thai and Cambodian textile designs. Continuous and discontinuous supplementary yarns of a variety of colours are used for most of the decoration. The base fabric itself has brown and purple warp threads, but every third warp yarn is pink. The wefts are burnt orange.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011