Vintage Tribal Textile Tai-Dum TTL09


Over 80 years old, this vintage textile is a door curtain from a small village in Northern Laos. Door curtains are textiles that separate the entrance ways of rooms in lieu of a door. It was woven by the Tai Dum, the predominant tribe of the Lao-Thai group. Door curtains are significant pieces because in Tai Dum tradition they protect the occupants from negative energy entering the home. Accordingly, great care was taken in making them. The textile has been dry cleaned.

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This piece has a very finely woven diamond motif in slate grey/blue cotton on an ivory cotton backing. The end panel is in faded pink cotton with a diamond and flower motif in white, red, yellow and blue silk threads. The bottom right corner of one end has frayed a little and the ivory cotton panel at the other end has some discoloration. The threads of the woven motif are loose in places, and there are some threadbare patches, but the overall condition is reasonable and consistent with its age. This vintage textile would make a charming wall hanging and could be framed  as a wall panel with dramatic effect.

Length: 147cm, 58 in
Width: 58cm, 23 in
Tribal Group: Tai-Dum
Provenance: Textile Gallery, Vientiane
Period: Early 20th century

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