Ceremonial skirt 'pha sin'
- Other titles:
- Textile for a pha sin (ceremonial skirt) decorated with alternating panels of indigo cotton, supplementary weft decorated silk and ikat silk
- Not on display
- Further information
This elaborate 'sin', or ceremonial skirtcloth, is one of the finest textiles worn by the Tai Nuea women of northern Laos. Typically these cloths are made of alternating bands of red silk with supplementary weft decoration, indigo-dyed cotton weft ikat and red-dyed silk weft ikat. The sections of indigo-dyed cotton refer to an archaic tradition where handspun cotton was used to best bring out the vibrant colour of the dye. This intricately woven and dyed cloth is decorated with the traditional 'naga', or 'nak' (snake/dragon), motif in both the indigo and silk ikat panels.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.307.
- Place of origin
- Cultural origin
- Tai Neua
- mid 19th century-early 20th century
- silk, cotton, natural dyes; weft ikat with supplementary weft weave
- 72.5 x 142.0cm (irreg.) [weft x warp]
- Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
- Accession number