Collected over a number of years, Fabric of Life has a range of hand crafted textiles from South East Asia including silk weaving from Laos showcasing the fine hand weaving traditions from the different regions and ikat weaving from Cambodia.
This selection of contemporary silk brocade weavings have been collected in Northern Laos. Most of the luxurious contemporary pieces shown here were woven in the Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Sam Neua areas. They can be worn as shawls or scarves, used as table runners, or displayed as wall hangings.
Laos has a strong tradition of textile weaving that is still a part of daily life. Designs for weavings vary from village to village and are passed on from mother to daughter. In northern Lao weavers still spend weeks completing intricate brocade patterns for shawls, shoulder cloths, tube skirts, head cloths and scarves. The majority of these cloths are dyed wit natural dyes. Most of the traditional designs have animal or mythological motifs relating to particular festivals or ceremonies.