Shamans in northeastern Laos and parts of Vietnam are known by the Tai Daeng to perform healing rituals that can chase out bad spirits and restore an ill person’s spirit in their body. The shaman wears a ceremonial blanket or a healing cloth with symbols and motifs wildly woven into the cloth for the shaman to communicate with the ancestral spirits during a variety of healing rituals- from curing a physical injury, disease, or a mental illness to protecting a newly born baby or performing a fertility ceremony.
Ceremonial cloths such as this one are part of our PRESERVE COLLECTION because they are not produced as much as before. The collection was created to distinguish the finest woven pieces of all of our artisan weavers.
This textile showcases the Tai Lue nam lai (river flow in Lao) motif in double-interlocked tapestry weave. Both borders depict the third eye and bellied siho with naga woven using the chok (discontinuous supplementary weft) weave technique, which requires each color be hand-picked into the weft. The ground warp in brown provides a warm earth-tone background color for the body and the borders. It is completed with flower tassels cut from silk worm cocoons.
Size: Approximately 95" X 29.5" (35" including tassels)
Handwoven in Houaphanh, Laos
FABRIC & CARE
Naturally dyed & hand-reeled silk
Spot-clean and then air dry
SHIPPING & RETURNS
Free standard shipping > $150
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for an RMA within 7 days of receipt. We will refund this ceremonial blanket purchase in a form of a store credit. Customers are responsible for return shipping postage.