This collection includes the textiles of not only the Tai ethnic majority, but the non-Tai peoples, often known as the ‘hill tribes’.

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  • Cotton Placemats – Set of 4

    Handwoven at Ban Rai Pai Ngam, the famous weaving cooperative, these attractive all-cotton placemats exhibit the subtleties of natural dyes and handweaving. Colors are derived from seeds, roots, berries and leaves which yield soft versions of black, grey, accented by the natural color of the cotton. A rustic texture is from locally grown cotton threads, and patterning in the weave gives them a tweedy appearance. These will handsomely accent any table and also make nice gifts. This is the only set available. (Please spot clean or handwash gently and line dry.)

    Size: 18.5 in. x 12.25 in.

    $48.00

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  • Cotton Runner/Shawl

    Completely handmade, this lovely runner (or shawl) exhibits the subtleties of handspun fibers, natural dyes and handweaving. The heavy, nubby texture of the weft threads combines nicely with the fine, uniform weight of the warps. The colors are derived from roots, berries and leaves which yield soft versions of dark brown, grey green, wine red and black. It’s difficult to capture the richness of the colors in a photograph; these are much more beautiful in reality.

    Quantities are very limited; this is the only piece available.

    Hand or machine washable in cold water; air dry to avoid shrinkage. Dry cleaning for large pieces is advisable.

    Size: 77″ x 18.5″

    $90.00

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  • Cotton Runner/Shawl

    Completely handmade, this lovely runner (or shawl) exhibits the subtleties of handspun fibers, natural dyes and handweaving. The heavy, nubby texture of the weft threads combines nicely with the fine, uniform weight of the warps. The colors are derived from roots, berries and leaves which yield soft versions of dark brown, grey green, wine red, indigo blue, goldenrod yellow, salmon pink and black. It’s difficult to capture the richness of the colors in a photograph; these are much more beautiful in reality.

    Quantities are very limited; this is the only piece available.

    Hand or machine washable in cold water; air dry to avoid shrinkage. Dry cleaning for large pieces is advisable.

    Size: 77″ x 17.5″

    $90.00

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  • Cotton Runner/Shawl

    Completely handmade, this lovely cotton runner (or shawl) exhibits the subtleties of handspun fibers, natural dyes and handweaving. Colors are derived from roots, berries and leaves which yield soft versions of black, blue, taupe and cream done in a special, patterned weave with ikat down the center- note the use of blue in this section. It’s difficult to capture the subtlety of the colors and weaving in a photograph; these pieces are much more beautiful in reality. This piece would be especially attractive on a table.

    Quantities are very limited; this is the only piece available.

    Hand or machine washable in cold water; air dry to avoid shrinkage. Dry cleaning for large pieces is advisable.

    $75.00

     

    Size: 67″ x 19.75″

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  • Hmong Baby Carrier

    This classic old Hmong baby carrier has seen some loving use, but is still appealing in its graphic details. Handsewn multiple, contrasting borders highlight two panels: the top one for behind the baby’s head, is decorated in applique and hot pink silk pompoms; the lower one is handdrawn batik with red appliqued designs. The outer frame of red cotton is soiled, but could be covered if framed. A backing of handspun indigo cotton provides strength and shows that this is not a recent piece.

    Size: 31 in. x 19.5 in.

    $100.00

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  • Hmong Baby Carrier

    This classic old Hmong baby carrier has seen some loving use, but is still appealing in its graphic details. Handsewn borders highlight two panels: the top one for behind the baby’s head, is decorated in applique with chain stitch spiral motifs; the lower one is handdrawn batik with red appliqued designs. The outer frame of red cotton is soiled, but could be covered if framed; some of the applique in the top panel is worn. A backing of handspun indigo cotton provides strength and shows that this is not a recent piece.

    Size: 29 in. x 17.5 in.

    $100.00

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  • Karen Girls’ Ceremonial Dress

    Made for a Pwo Karen girl, this is an especially nice example. Only unmarried girls wear long dresses, and the Pwo are especially creative with their decoration. The shoulders and hem are embellished with tufted supplementary weft yarns in a diamond pattern. The yoke has more typically Pwo weft bands of discontinuous color. Long strands of red cotton thread form fringe at the midsection. This little dress is full of colorful detail and is a wonderfully whimsical composition. At 20-35 years old, condition is quite good, with soil only visible under the red fringe – these dresses are often badly and unacceptably soiled. Please see Paul and Elaine Lewis ‘Peoples of the Golden Triangle’, p.74 for a similar example.

    Size: 32.5 in. h. x 20 in. w. @ shoulders (not including fringe).

    $240.00

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  • Karen Man’s Tunic

    Made for a Pwo Karen man by his wife, this tunic was crafted with much love. The weaving comprises fine, colorful bands of stripes in the warp, balanced by traditional bright red in between. Horizontal bands of thicker yarn, in decorative designs, have been woven as weft in several areas. Fine braiding at the neck opening, along with short fringe and pom poms complete this magnificent example. Condition is excellent. Could be worn or displayed. We rarely see such exhuberant examples of men’s tunics.

    Size: 24 in. h. (including fringe) x 23 in. w.

    $95.00

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  • Karen Woman’s Tunic

    Totally handsewn, this Sgaw Karen woman’s tunic is a nice older example of this genre. Supple, weft-faced, handwoven indigo cotton is the foundation for a lower panel of elaborate embroidery utilizing cotton yarn and Job’s Tears seeds. A random pattern of grey threads in the indigo part is an unusual accent. All edging is handmade white cotton braid. We see this style occasionally available in the villages and markets, but utilizing black commercial cotton, not handwoven indigo anymore. Condition is very good- this one was probably stored and saved for special occasions.

    Size: 24 in. h. x 25 in. w.

    $115.00

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  • Karen Woman’s Tunic

    Of a traditional design, this modern Karen blouse is handwoven and embroidered in a rich purple/blue and dark pink cotton and embellished with Job’s Tears seeds. The Karen are known for their weaving skills which are often combined with embroidery ability as well. This lovely piece is very wearable, or attractively displayed as a modern design statement when hung on a rod. Both sides are identical.

    Size: 28″ across shoulders x 22″

    $95.00

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  • Lawa Bag

    A nice example of a modern tribal ‘tung’, this attractive and colorful new shoulder bag came from the Lawa. All handwoven cotton, and handsewn, it has a nice detail of braided fringe (see Detail 2). We especially like the colors and the way they are combined. Bags like this are worn by both men and women.

    Size: 11.75″ x 30″ (excluding fringe)

    $35.00

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  • Lawa Blanket

    Handwoven in three panels and handsewn together, this large piece was probably intended as a blanket. It is all cotton and the background color is dyed with natural dyes; we are not sure about the grey color being natural. The white motifs are very loosely spun natural cotton and have a nice, nubby contrasting texture with the more uniform grey motifs. The Lawa is the oldest hilltribe group in this area, predating the Tais, and is rarely seen in Chiang Mai; these weavers live in the mountains and hills near Mae Chaem.We got this from the weaver and although it is recently made, it is of traditional design.

    Size: 60.5″ x 39″

    $195.00

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  • Lawa Blanket

    This unusual and nicely woven, long cotton panel has been seamed to form a blanket ‘bag’- the feet go into the closed end and the blanket is pulled up and used as a cover. It could be opened up into one long panel, or cut to form a flat blanket. It has attractive natural colors of light pumpkin, olive/yellow, with black, white, indigo, red and olive green blends; ikat forms an attractive band along the edges, and small patterns enliven the linear stripes in the body. The weaving designs and techniques are Karen, although we got it from the Lawa. These two groups live in close proximity in western Thailand. It is of recent production and may have been made under the auspices of one of the NGOs working with weavers to promote natural dyes in the area.

    Size: 61 in. x 38 in.

    $120.00

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  • Silk Tubeskirt

    From Surin, this subtle design is originally Khmer, and has an underlying twill pattern. The colors are rich and the feel of the silk is soft. Condition is very good, with only one small hole near an edge.

    69 in. x 35 in.

    $135.00

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  • Tai Cotton Tubeskirt

    From Isaan, in northeastern Thailand, these skirts have become increasingly difficult to find. This one came from a private collection and was never worn or washed; it is like new. The pattern is quite fine and skillfully executed. These skirts can be tailored and worn, or opened up to use decoratively as a wallhanging, or cut for a handsome set of pillows.

    Size: 36.5 in. x 57.5 in. (if opened)

    $95.00

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  • Tai Lue/Tai Lao Ceremonial Mat

    This fine old textile is probably from the Tai Lue in Thailand or Tai Lao in Laos. It is a small version of a ‘phaa laep’ or sleeping cloth- probably what is called a ‘phaa lo’ and made for use in a wedding ceremony. Small pompoms on one end suggest that it may have been hung vertically as a decoration. The indigo and red colors of the supplementary weft designs in the body appear to be derived from natural sources and the cotton threads are handspun; the red outer border is fine commercial cotton. White silk is used as warp and weft in the foundation, except in the solid white bands at the top and bottom where a textured weft is made with thick cotton; additional subtle weft accents are in orange and white silk. These fine details evidence the care and skill of the weaver. Probably from the early-mid 20th century, it is in very good condition, with no holes; fading is evident when the front and back are compared (see Detail 3 showing the front on left and back folded over, on the right), but not surprising in a piece of this vintage. This is a beautiful older piece and rarely found these days. (Cultural Heritage of Tai Lue Textiles by Soangsak Prangwatanakun, p.138 talks about ‘pha lo’.)

    Size: 19.25 in. x 44.75 in.

    $420.00

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  • Tai Runner

    We were told that this unusual handwoven piece from Mae Chaem was intended as a traditional ceremonial scarf for the waist as worn by northern Thai men. It includes twelve horizontal bands with the motif of horse and rider executed in ‘khit’, or continuous supplementary weft. The background fabric is an attractive plainweave of variegated indigo and brown cotton wefts on light indigo silky warps. One little quirk is that the bottom line of horses, and a line with a floral motif, are woven on the wrong side of the fabric- the weaver changed horses in mid-stream, as it were. This fine modern weaving could display nicely on a wall, or table, or could be worn as a rather thick scarf, or shawl.

    Size: 22″ x 70.5″

    $155.00

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  • Tai Silk Tubeskirt

    This unusual silk ‘mutmee’ tubeskirt has a design that changes from top to bottom in a wild and fiery, oscillating combination of colors. It is woven of very soft, liquid silk in a twill weave which suggests a weaver of Khmer origin in Issan/NE Thailand;. Weft threads are turned back at close intervals, indicating the care with which it was woven. The colors are really beautiful with a dark red warp and weft ikat in dark blue, gold, red and olive green. Condition is very good with only a few small holes. This would display well if opened up, or could be worn as a skirt or scarf.

    Size: 66 in. x 35.5 in. if opened

    $135.00

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  • Tai Silk Tubeskirt

    From Roi Et Province in NE Thailand, this handsome ‘phaa sin’ uses a rich palette of colors including dark pink, teal green, dark gold, soft red, and brown. Unfortunately, the camera cannot pick up the lustre and depth that results from this combination. The pattern is rows of nagas alternating with a band of stripes. It is of very soft silk and is in excellent condition. (Please see Susan Conway’s Thai Textiles p.62 for a similar example).

    Size: 69.75″ x 38″

    $135.00

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  • Tai Silk Tubeskirt

    This silk ‘mutmee’, or ‘ikat’, tubeskirt from Isaan/NE Thailand features a complex pattern in an attractive color combination of a rich, dark gold on a background of dark red/purple. Striped cotton and silk form a waistband. Condition is excellent, tho this is not a new textile. This skirt would display nicely on a wall or table, or could be worn as a skirt. These older pieces are becoming much more difficult to find now.

    Size: 66 in. x 39.25 in. if opened

    $95.00

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  • Tai Silk Tubeskirt

    With a wine red silk warp and a green silk weft, this old tubeskirt has a rich, dark shimmer of color that enlivens the overall earthy tones. The design is quite handsome with a field of diamond-shaped flowers bordered by fine texture, indicating a skillful ‘mut mee’ weaver. From mid-20th century, condition is very good, with the exception of one centimeter-sized hole.

    Size: 64″ x 39″

    $135.00

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  • Tai Triangular Pillow End Panels – 1 pair

    Embroidered with metal-wrapped threads in very attractive geometric patterns, plus curving floral designs, these old pillow ends would have graced triangular pillows used as gifts and for ceremonial purposes, such as for weddings, for either the court or a high-status family. This pair includes a colorful woven band around the embroidered area and suggests a Tai Lue origin. One panel has been embellished with two small bits of green iridescent beetle wing- for what purpose we do not know. All sewing is by hand. Note that the embroidered areas have been strengthened with a layer of handmade mulberry paper on the underside of the surface. There is some damage to metallic threads, which may have occurred in storage, as these pieces appear to have not been used. These are special and rarely found, especially is such good condition. Note that we have one more pair: TAT347

    Size: Approx.12 in. w x 13.5 in. h (design area)

    $400.00

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  • Tai Triangular Pillow End Panels- 1 pair

    Embroidered with metal-wrapped threads in very attractive geometric patterns, plus curving floral designs, these old pillow ends would have graced triangular pillows used as gifts and for ceremonial purposes, such as for weddings. All sewing is by hand. Note that the embroidered areas have been strengthened with a layer of handmade mulberry paper on the underside of the surface. There is some damage to metallic threads, which may have occurred in storage, as these pieces appear to have not been used. These are special and rarely found, especially is such good condition. Note that we also have one other pair: TAT346

    Size: Approx. 14.5″w x 16″h (design area)

    $465.00

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  • Tai Yuan ‘Teen Jok’ Tubeskirt

    From Mae Chaem, this handsome tubeskirt has a refined and classic Tai Yuan hemband called ‘teen jok’. These bands are woven in the discontinuous supplementary weft technique which is often likened to “embroidery on a loom”: the threads of each color are inserted as the weft individually and ‘picked’ from between the warp threads by the weaver to form the pattern. It is a laborious technique which requires skill and patience. The ‘jok’ threads are fine, silky cotton and possibly some silk. As is typical, the bottom edge is a beautiful lipstick red. The body of the skirt is a contrasting charcoal grey and black cotton woven in an attractive grid pattern with a dark red band at the top, and a natural color cotton waistband finishing the top. This skirt was purchased new from the weaver in Mae Chaem and shows that traditional weaving is still alive and well in Thailand. It could be displayed nicely, or worn. See my blog (February 2012) for photos and information from the ‘Teen Jok’ festival in 2012.

    Size: 40.25″ x 57″ (if opened)

    $220.00

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  • Yao Woman’s Trousers

    From around the Thai/Lao border, these beautiful ladies’ pants are completely covered with skillful cross-stitched embroidery in rich, harmonious colors. On indigo-dyed, handspun cotton, all handsewn seams and attached embellishments attest to the care taken in their making. Not new, they are in excellent condition and could be worn or displayed. One-size-fits-all waist is folded over and belted or pinned to fit; a drawstring could be easily added. We rarely see such skillful embroidery in harmonious colors anymore.

    Size: 42″ waist; 51″ hips; 38.5″ long

    $320

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