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Elephant or Stork? Laotian Silk Weaving – 2

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1462 Rare Antique Laotian Pha Biang Weaving Cloth Textile 16

I received a note from a knowledgeable reader and am sharing his note here:

Joshua Hirschstein writes

“The primary motif is that of the “phii nyak,” or “giant spirit” – a vicious spirit that protects the innocent and is often found on children’s blankets.

Below the phii nyak are “siho,” mythical elephant-lions that are emblematic of male energy, and below that are “hong birds,” with elephant trunks (echoing the siho) which represent good luck.

You can learn more about Lao textiles here: www.HilltribeArt.com, or from our  “Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition, and Well-Being” which can be bought from us or online anywhere.
The piece is a beautiful textile!!
Josh at Above the Fray (HilltribeArt.com)”
Please do read the ABOUT US page on their site – very impressive & inspiring!!
Cheers to a world filled with inspiration & beauty!
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jm
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