Tai Daeng ethnic group, Northern Laos
Cotton, silk, gold thread
52" (132 cm) high by 17.25" (43.8 cm) wide
Early 20th century
This head wrap is silk supplementary weft patterned panels stitched to a length of indigo dyed cotton. The motifs include nagas and other mythological beings and are imbedded in the textile to convey sacred themes, often including protection of the wearer from evil forces. In the bottom panel, gold thread is woven into the horizontal stripes. Professionally mounted.