Possibly from Tai people in Vietnam, near the border with Laos, this old headcloth is nicely detailed with one end of discontinuous supplementary weft silk on silk, and the other very finely embroidered in an attractive pattern, and edged with silk pompoms. The mid-section is fine, possibly handspun, cotton dyed black, tho it is more of a dark brown, suggesting a natural ebony dye. Interestingly, the fringe has been dipped into different colors to achieve a multicolor effect, rather than have differently colored fringe attached separately. Condition is very good. This piece could be displayed as shown, or made into one-of-a-kind decorative pillows.
Size: 63.5 in. (excluding fringe) x 13.5 in. @ mid-section and 15.5 in. @ end panel 1