Lao Tai Tubeskirt
Called a ‘sin maan’ in NE Laos, this attractive tubeskirt is interestingly constructed with two side seams and an added hemband. The pattern is achieved with supplementary weft on a panel of cloth that is twice the length of the skirt body, and then cut in half and the selvedges stitched together. Of handspun indigo cotton with silk and cotton wefts, it is in good condition except for one repaired hole on the hemband and another at the top on the other side, and some very small holes. All stitching is by hand. This could also be from Vietnam, across the border from NE Laos. (See Patricia Cheesman’s Lao-Tai Textiles, p.143, #6.71 and Michael and Kim Be Howard’s Textiles of the Daic Peoples of Vietnam, p.275, #240). It probably dates from the mid-20th century and incorporates traditional iconography, techniques and materials.
Size: 30.25 in. h x 23 in. w (46 in. w if opened)