Above the Fray Textile and Book Package – Laos

Winning Bid: $55.00

Donated by Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art

Item condition: New


This amazing textile, a “love token” was donated by Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art. In addition to the weaving they are including a copy of their award winning book, Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Art: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being by Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein.

The Textile

This textile is used for the giving of cloth to visitors and friends during community celebrations or ceremonies. It is made from village-raised, naturally-dyed silk woven on a hand-built loom in NE, Laos. The natural dyes used include gold (from Kor Ben bark), lilac (from sappan wood), black (from Kor Ben bark dyed silk soaked for 4 days and 3 nights in the dirt from the burned rice fields), red (from lac), orange (from anatto), and blue and teal (from indigo). It measures 11″ high x 7″ wide with delicate twisted fringes.

The designs are based upon the traditions of the Lao Loum and the Tai Daeng people who live in this region. It is filled with mythological creatures, predominantly naga (mythological river serpents), that provide spiritual protection to the wearer.  A photo of the natural dyer and designer of the textile is included.  Above The Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art purchases the textiles they offer directly from the artisans in their villages.

The Book

“Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos” written by Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck owners of Above the Fray and published by Thrum Books – all WARP members! This book was the  Winner in the Gold Medal in the Travel Category of the 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Part travelogue, part silk-weaving primer, this is a tender portrait of an American family’s travels in Laos’s Houaphon Province. As they learn about the ancient silk weaving traditions in the hilltribe community of Xam Tai, they gain an appreciation for the strong sense of well-being in Lao culture. Over the past decade, Hirschstein and Beck have developed deep connections with the villagers of Xam Tai who raise their own fiber from silkworms, dye it using local natural dyes, and weave the patterns of their ancestors into healing cloths, ceremonial textiles, and daily wear.

About Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art

Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art  represent the finest traditional artists who live in hill tribe Laos and Vietnam. Their hand-woven silks, cotton and hemp textiles, basketry, jewelry and other arts are as meaningful in these artists’ lives today as they have been for generations. Who the artists are, what they value, and generations of tradition are woven into each creation.

In an era of rapid modernization and expanding opportunities, we recognize that these long-inherited art-forms, and the indigenous cultures they support, will better sustain their vitality and vibrancy if new interest and markets are generated.



Total Bids Placed:

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Highest bidder was: d*****a

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
d*****a June 26, 2022 7:39 pm $55.00
j*********a June 26, 2022 12:12 pm $50.00
d*****y June 26, 2022 1:00 am $45.00
p********y June 25, 2022 7:39 pm $40.00
j*********a June 25, 2022 1:45 am $37.00
t*********4 June 24, 2022 7:21 am $35.00
d*****y June 23, 2022 9:53 pm $30.00
t*********4 June 23, 2022 2:59 pm $25.00
Auction started June 23, 2022 9:00 am

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