About this object

History of use

The complete process of making the silk is done within the village starting with the growing of the silk worms and processing of the cocoons into silk. The majority of the dyes used are purchased in the market; some natural dyes are still used. The silks are kept as personal property and stored folded in a white cotton wrap and are rarely shown or sold to anyone outside the village. They may be used as temple gifts, for redistribution, or they could be worn as a sarong (pha sin).

Specific techniques

Weft matmi (tie-dyed) technique.

Physical description

Dark purple warp and green weft silk (producing an overall dark blue effect with a green sheen) with gold and reddish-brown patterns. Abstract geometric pattern of rectangles with diamonds inside in gold and reddish-brown, shapes attached to one another by bands of reddish-brown and gold zigzags. Bordered on one side by a repeated pattern or small reddish-brown and gold diamonds.