An image of 'Phaa tuum' ( baby carrier) or Phaa ob ( wrapping cloth)

Unknown Artist

'Phaa tuum' ( baby carrier) or Phaa ob ( wrapping cloth)

Other titles:
Elephant's headcloth
Location
Not on display
Further information

Many of these cloths are identified as elephant head cloths, but they are actually cloths used for wrapping and carrying babies among the Tai. This textile is made of hand-woven cotton with continuous supplementary weft threads forming the decorative patterning. The motifs include the 'saang hong' (mythical elephant-bird), the double-headed 'naga' (mythical serpent), roof-lines topped with 'nagas', mountain forms, and geometric shapes. One end has patterning that looks like a fringe ('soi saa'), a feature that is also found on textiles from Thailand and Cambodia.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

Place of origin
Laos
Cultural origin
Tai Lue people
Year
circa 1920
Media
Textile
Medium
cotton and natural dyes; supplementary weft weave
Dimensions
54.0 x 147.0 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
Accession number
219.2003