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118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl

118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl

This is a vintage 'Mudmee Ikat' Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl. This textile comprises silk embroidered thread on a natural dyed woven pure cotton base. This particular shawl has a very interesting history. The Chinese market for raw materials, for the clothing industry, in the late 19th century, was grossly financially mismanaged. This dilemma allowed the Japanese to intervene and basically take control of the entire raw material resources, for clothing material, in China. This situation lasted for a long time, up until 1945, when the Chinese were able to retake control of their clothing industry. There had already been a considerable amount of experimentation in synthetic fabric dyes going on in Europe. The color pink, cannot be produced from any natural organic source material. So, in 1877, the Japanese created the first synthetic pink color textile dye, which they called, 'Nishiki-E'. Once the Chinese regained control of their textile market, the first synthetic textile dye they marketed in Southeast Asia, was this pink dye, which they named the, 'Eosine' dye. This 'Pa Biang' exhibits the use of that dye, It was the first synthetic textile dye used in what normally would have been an all natural, organically colored textile weaving. This early combination of natural and synthetic dyes makes this particular piece highly collectable and unique, as it represents the very early use of the pink dye in an otherwise very traditional ceremonial shawl. This particular textile represents an important historical development in the evolution of Southeast Asian textiles. The first synthetic dye embraced by the very long history of the 'Mudmee Ikat' tradition in Asia. This is a museum quality piece, elegant and beautifully rendered to capture a color scheme complementary to the introduction of this new color, the ever scintillating cool heat of pink.

Information

a. Origin Laos
b. Estimated Age circa 1940
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) silk embroidered thread on a woven pure cotton base
d. Size (mention cm/inches) 6 feet x 16 inches
e. Condition Report This textile is in excellent condition, no wear, no holes, no stains, no repairs.
f. Damage & Shortcomings None
g. Item Location (Country) Thailand
Seller Name Michael Sandy
Seller's Email ID mailto:totem108@outlook.com
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl
118-006 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl