Tribal Textiles of Southeast Asia - 1    

    Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Burma
           
             from the collection of Marla Mallett

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The mainland countries of Southeast Asia have extremely rich textile traditions. Here we offer a selection of tribal pieces from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Burma. Many tribal peoples originally migrated into these areas from southwestern China, and their textiles are closely related to pieces on our Chinese Minority textile pages. There are also parallels with Indonesian craft traditions.

Contemporary silk brocades from Laos are posted separately.  

To see the full textiles and close-up photos, click on the inventory numbers below. To see textile art from other parts of the world, go to our HOME page. For a virtual visit with some of the people who made these textiles check out our  Snapshot Tour of Laos and Thailand.


Akha Man's Jacket
Northern Thailand or Burma
55"x 20"
Cotton, with silk embroidery
and appliqué
B-4803
 


Akha Woman's Jacket
Thailand
52"x 31½"
Cotton embroidery and appliqué;
buttons, beads, Job's tears seeds
and metal ornaments

B-6745


Shoulder Cloth - Phaa Biang
Suvannakhet area, Laos
14"x 70"
Silk brocade
B-6065


Yao Dress Panel

Sapa area, North Vietnam
23"x 32"
Silk and cotton embroidery on 
cotton
B-4893
 


Tai Daeng Panel
Northeast Laos
13"x 25"
Silk brocading on silk
B-6251


Dao Yao Pants
Lai Chan Province, Vietnam
33½"x 36"
Cotton and silk embroidery on 
cotton
B-4848 


Phu La Skirt and Blouse
North Vietnam
Silk and cotton embroidery on 
cotton; Job's Tears seeds
E-6542
E-6543

 

Tai Dam Headscarf
Vietnam
15"x 67"
Silk embroidery on cotton
B-6545


Shan/Tai Yai Tattoo Pattern Book
Eastern Burma
Ink drawings on mat lacquered paper
B-6546


Tai Daeng Mosquito Net Border
Northeast Laos
7½"x 21'6"
Silk brocade

B-4656


Shan Yantra Shirt
Shan State, Burma
Ink drawing on silk

B-6721


Silk Shoulder Cloth - 
Phaa Biang

Chiang Kwong, Laos
19½"x 65"
Silk brocading on cotton
B-4881


Maru Chin Skirt
Burma
10
½"x 22½"
Cotton inlaid brocading;
glass beads

B-6653

Continue: 

Tribal Textiles of SE Asia - 2
  SALE pages - Misc. Textiles


A Snapshot Tour of Laos and Thailand
Contemporary Lao Silk Brocades
Recommended Books:  Textiles of Southeast Asia

Go to our HOME page for textiles from other parts of the world.



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