Lao Silk Brocades  

          from the collection of Marla Mallett

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Posted below are contemporary silk brocade weavings from Laos. Because in so many parts of the world fine textile production is a thing of the past, it's a delight to find great care and pride taken in present-day hand weaving. In some northern Lao provinces a few groups of weavers still laboriously hand-pick intricate brocade patterns, making shawls, shoulder cloths, tube skirts, head cloths and scarves. In a few places the textiles still have ritual significance for their makers, or are produced for temple offerings. Most of the traditional designs have animal or mythological motifs that pertain to certain festivals or ceremonies. The ubiquitous  naga, or dragon, for example, is thought by the weavers to have protective powers. 

Most of the luxurious contemporary pieces shown here were  woven in the Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Sam Neua areas. Most are all silk; a few are cotton/silk blends, with silk brocading. They can be worn as shawls or scarves, used as table runners, or displayed as lovely wall hangings.  All are in pristine condition.

To see the full textiles and close-up photos, click on the inventory numbers below.  

To see older textiles from Laos and Thailand, go to
Tribal Textiles of Southeast Asia.

To see textile art from other parts of the world, go to our
HOME page.


Silk Brocade Scarf
Laos
16"x 84"
Supplementary weft weave
B-6256
 


Silk Brocade Scarf
Laos
12"x 76"
Supplementary weft weave
B-5324
 


Silk Brocade
Northern Laos
29"x 84"
Supplementary weft weave
B-4685
 

 

Silk Brocade
Northern Laos
16"x 80"
Supplementary weft weave
B-6532
 
Silk Organza Brocade Scarf
Laos
12"x 76"
Supplementary weft weave
B-5322
 
Silk Brocade Panel
Northern Laos
18"x 43"
Supplementary weft weave
B-6171
 
Small Silk Brocade Mat
Laos
15"x 37"
Supplementary weft weave
B-6083
 
Silk Brocade Scarf
Laos
12"x 78"
Supplementary weft weave
B-5333
 
Silk Brocade Scarf
Northern Laos
6"x 76"
Supplementary weft weave
B-4698
 
Silk Brocade Scarf or Hanging

Laos
19"x 88"
Supplementary weft weave
B-6095
  Silk Ikat Shawl or Hanging
  with Brocading

Laos.  41"x 85"
Supplementary weft weave
  and ikat
B-6101



 
For older brocades, go to Tribal Textiles of Southeast Asia

Recommended Books:  Lao and Thai Textiles

 

                                             

Go to our HOME page for textiles from other parts of the world.



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