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118-008 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl

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This antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl is one of the oldest specimens in my collection. The early prototypes of this style of 'over the shoulder' shawl often display the use of both the red and black pure woven cotton backgrounds. I have only seen a few of these in my decades of searching for rare, unusual, Asian textiles. This is the finest piece I was able to acquire, in excellent condition. Needless to say, it is a hen's tooth, indeed. In this piece, the 'Lai Kachae' central field utilizes a natural black color cotton base. This design began the conservative, traditional, manner in which these textiles were woven. The complex embroidery workmanship incorporates the common mythological motifs, beautifully rendered. This original, genuine, prototype of the 'Pa Biang' shawl should appeal to a collector who appreciates the very early cultural development of this magnificent form of Southeast Asian weaving art. One end has the plaited silk tassels, indicative of truly older pieces. Again, this is a museum quality piece.

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