An image of Curtain with diamond pattern and ancestral figures

Unknown Artist

Curtain with diamond pattern and ancestral figures

Other titles:
Ceremonial door hanging with design of archaic figures on border
Not on display
Further information

This curtain would have been used to cover doorways or separate a room into sections. Usually, they are surrounded by a piece of plain cloth, but this example lacks that border. The textile is decorated with ancestral figures, diamonds with vegetal motifs, the elephant-bird ('saang hong'), a mythical animal associated with spirits and the heavens, and a fringe-like pattern ('soi saa') related to Thai and Cambodian textile designs. Continuous and discontinuous supplementary yarns of a variety of colours are used for most of the decoration. The base fabric itself has brown and purple warp threads, but every third warp yarn is pink. The wefts are burnt orange.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

Place of origin
Northern Laos, Laos
mid 19th century-early 20th century
silk, aniline dyes; continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft weaving
76.0 x 175.3 cm
Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
Accession number