Vintage Tai-Dum Tribal Textile TTL30


Over 100 years old, this antique textile is a blanket or pha-hom from Muang Vaen, a small village in northern Laos. It was woven by the Tai Dum, the predominant tribe of the Lao-Thai group. It consists of two panels sewn together, each with a very finely woven diamond motif in dark slate grey cotton on an ivory cotton backing. It appears that an old repair was made in the upper right corner.This blanket was appreciated by four generations in one household until being sold.

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These heirloom blankets are often woven by mothers for their daughters. Today, these old pieces are much sought after and the Tai-Dum are well aware of their value as antique textiles. The blanket is backed and very heavy. The weave is not as tight as it once would have been and is very soft from use. Its overall condition given its age testifies to the quality of the weaving. The ivory cotton side panels have darkened with use and are discolored in places. If desired these side panels could be removed or replaced.

Length: 148cm, 58 in
Width: 72cm, 28 in
Period: Early 20th century
Provenance: Textile Gallery, Vientiane

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