Shawl from the Lao Neua
43 x 192 cm
Three small repairs
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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