Tribal Textiles of Southeast Asia    

    Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma
           
             from the collection of Marla Mallett

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The mainland countries of Southeast Asia have extremely rich textile traditions. Here we offer a selection of tribal pieces from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Burma. Many tribal peoples originally migrated into these areas from southwestern China, and their textiles are closely related to pieces on our Chinese Minority textile pages. There are also parallels with Indonesian craft traditions.

Contemporary silk brocades from Laos are posted separately.  

To see the full textiles and close-up photos, click on the inventory numbers below. To see textile art from other parts of the world, go to our HOME page.


Shoulder Cloth - Phaa Biang
Suvannakhet area, Laos
14"x 70"
Silk brocade
B-6065


Thai Yai Yantra Shirt
Shan State, Burma
60"x 24"
Cotton with ink drawings
B-4830


Ikor Cloak

Phongsaly. Northern Laos
25"x 45½"
Cotton appliqué on cotton
B-6137

Khumi Chin Shoulder Cloth
Burma
6"x 40
½"
Inlaid brocading and beadwork
on cotton

B-6652


Yao Dress Panel

Sapa area, North Vietnam
23"x 32"
Silk and cotton embroidery on 
cotton
B-4893
 

Lahu Girl's Blouse and Skirt
Northern Laos
Blouse:  37"x 16"
Skirt:  20½"x 25½"
Applique, embroidery, and metal ornaments
B-6738
B-6739

Silk Shoulder Cloth - 
Phaa Biang

Chiang Kwong, Laos
19½"x 65"
Silk brocading on cotton
B-4881


Shan/Tai Yai Tattoo Pattern Book
Eastern Burma
Ink drawings on mat lacquered paper
B-6546


Hmong Sash
Vietnam
6" x 54"
Silk embroidery on cotton
B-6682


Tai Daeng Mosquito Net Border
Northeast Laos
7½"x 21'6"
Silk brocade

B-4656

Phu La Skirt and Blouse
North Vietnam
Silk and cotton embroidery on 
cotton; Job's Tears seeds
E-6542
E-6543


Shan Yantra Shirt
Shan State, Burma
Ink drawing on silk

B-6721


Maru Chin Skirt
Burma
10
½"x 22½"
Cotton inlaid brocading;
glass beads

B-6653


Shoulder Cloth - Phaa Biang
Laos
15"x 90"
Silk brocading on silk
B-6226


Kachin Man's Shoulder Bag
Burma
9½"x 33"
Brocaded cotton with orchid-root
embroidery, buttons, cowries and beads
B-6713
 


Contemporary Lao Silk Brocades
Recommended Books:  Textiles of Southeast Asia
   




This contemporary embroidery tells a personal story of Hmong refugees escaping from Nasou, Laos, into Thailand in the early 1980s, before coming to the US. 

Larger photo
 
   

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