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'Sin mii khan' (striped ikat tube skirt)

circa 1880


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    'pha sin' (ceremonial skirt)
    Place where the work was made
    Vientiane Laos
    Cultural origin
    Lao-Tai people
    circa 1880
    Media category
    Materials used
    Silk, natural dyes; weft ikat, continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft weaving
    79.0 x 79.0 cm
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    'Sin mii khan' are tube skirts woven with only a little 'ikat' decoration. According to Patricia Cheesman, these skirts became particularly popular during the French colonial period, but are similar stylistically to skirts produced in Muang Phan and Lan Xang (the Laotian kingdom before Thai domination). Such skirts are usually composed of three sections. This one is missing the waist band. The body of the textile has red silk warp and weft threads, and some multi-coloured wefts. The patterns are produced with continuous and discontinuous supplementary weaving, as well as the 'ikat' (tie-dye) technique. The designs include spots, stripes, an abstract 'naga' (mythical serpent), and 'dork saa lii' (corn flowers).

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011