An image of 'Phaa hom' (blanket) with swastika pattern ('kachae')

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'Phaa hom' (blanket) with swastika pattern ('kachae')

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Pha hom (blanket) with pattern of blue swastika on red ground
Not on display
Further information

As is typical, this blanket is composed of two sections joined down the centre. The textile has red warp and weft yarns. The main section of the cloth has blue supplementary wefts woven in a swastika pattern that is called a "key" design ('kachae'). The end panel is decorated with continuous and discontinuous weft yarns in green, pink, gold, pale yellow, and cream colours. There are also metal-wrapped threads to give the textile an expensive appearance. The designs include diamonds, nests of diamonds, and a stylised floral motif. There is also a fringe-like pattern ('soi saa') that relates to Thai and Cambodian textile designs.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

Place of origin
Sam Nuea, Laos
Cultural origin
Tai Nuea people
late 19th century-early 20th century
silk and natural dyes; supplementary weft weave
86.0 x 196.0 cm
Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
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