Raw Silk Pha Biang Silk Cloth hand-loomed in Laos
Exquisitely developed figures of human forms, animals & birds present in this stunning weaving
The primary motif is that of the “phii nyak,” or “giant spirit" - a vicious spirit that protects the innocent and is often found on children’s blankets. Below the phii nyak are “siho,” mythical elephant-lions that are emblematic of male energy, and below that are “hong birds,” with elephant trunks (echoing the siho) which represent good luck.*
High density of motifs all over the textile - as a result the ground is minimally visible.
Mounted on cloth
Estimated to be from the late 1800s - early 1900s
65 x 129 cm
*Thanks to Joshua Hirschstein for sending in the detailed note explaining the motifs
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.