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Ceremonial skirt 'pha sin'

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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
Northern Laos, Laos
Cultural origin
Tai Neua
mid 19th century-early 20th century
silk, cotton, natural dyes; weft ikat with supplementary weft weave
72.5 x 142.0 cm (irreg.)
Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
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