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118-009 Rare antique Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl

This is a vintage, early 20th century Lao 'Pa Biang' ceremonial shawl. It is truly a masterpiece of the Southeast Asian textile weaving arts. It comprises 'Mudmee Ikat' all natural organic dyed silk embroidered thread on a woven pure cotton black dye base. Pa Biang shawls with black cotton bases are exceptionally rare to come across. They are a real collector's item. This traditional style of shawl was worn over the shoulders. It would be worn for auspicious religious occasions and for shamanistic healing ceremonies. The decorative banding motif represents a ladder of ascension into another realm of consciousness, a spirit dimension, where one receives blessings and obstacles are removed from one's path. The design elements incorporate mythological ancestral protective deities, nagas, animal and plant allies, dragons and elephant figures. This piece is very unusual as it does not contain the traditional use of 'Lai Kachae' open space sections. It is one continuous geometric design pattern throughout the entire shawl. This is also exceptionally rare to come across. This is a museum quality piece. Spectacular, indeed.


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 21 inches
e. Condition Report This textile is in excellent condition, no wear, no stains, no holes, no repairs.
f. Damage & Shortcomings None
g. Item Location (Country) Thailand
Seller Name Michael Sandy
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