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Title

Piece of a phaa biang (shawl/scarf)

early 20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Bowing cloth
    Places where the work was made
    Laos
    Sam Nuea Laos
    Cultural origin
    Tai Daeng people
    Date
    early 20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    cotton, natural dyes; continuous supplementary weft weaving
    Dimensions
    30.0 x 50.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    229.2003
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  • About

    This piece comes from the end of a 'phaa biang', a textile type that is composed of several sections. As sections become worn, they are replaced, and this is probably one such replacement. Lao-Tai women wrap 'phaa biang' cloths around one shoulder and the torso. These cloths are also used for healing practices ('phaa sabai'), as head wraps (phaa khan soeng), and as shoulder cloths ('phaa phai'). The plain quality of this section suggests that it was not from a wealthy family. It is decorated with supplementary weft weaving which forms the stripes and the zigzag patterns.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Laos