Shawl from the Lao Neua
37 x 190 cm
On corner and on the side little piece missing (mouse?), two spots
This kind of textile is called pair beang, which means shawl. It was alway woven with an elaborate diamond pattern on one end and a series of contrasting bands at the other.
The diamond pattern is very significant and indicates the duang tda or third eye.
During a ceremony to appease the spirits the pair beang was worn as a headdress, folded so that the diamond pattern fell exactly on the forehead.
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