Traditional Silk Shoulder Cloth – Laos

Winning Bid: $85.00

Valued at $345

Donated by Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art

Item condition: New


Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art donated this exquisite shimmering copper colored textile. It is handwoven entirely from village-raised, hand-reeled silk that has been naturally dyed and handwoven on a hand-built loom by the Lao Loum and Tai Daeng people of NE Laos.  This work of art is a shoulder cloth that a woman would wear to temple or for community celebrations or ceremonies.  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 modeling the piece is included.  Above The Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art purchases the textiles they offer directly from the artisans in their villages.  The designer and dyer, Phout, is an old dear friend of the donor. This versatile work of art would make an amazing shawl, wall hanging or table runner and would be a gorgeous addition to any wardrobe or home.

This amazing piece can be yours! It measures  88” long x 10.5” wide. The natural dyes are as follows: Copper and gold (from Kor Ben bark), lilac and pale lilac (from sappan wood), light gray (from Kor Ben bark dyed silk soaked for 20 minutes in the dirt from the burned rice fields), and black (from Kor Ben bark dyed silk soaked for 4 days and 3 nights in the dirt from the burned rice fields)

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: p********y

Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
p********y June 25, 2022 5:32 pm $85.00
c***********l June 25, 2022 11:36 am $75.00
w****************e June 25, 2022 2:25 am $50.00
Auction started June 23, 2022 9:00 am

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