Blanket of the Lao Tai from Laos
The Lao Tai are a part of the Dai ethnic community, and have inhabited various kingdoms in China and certain regions in Vietnam since the 6th century B.C. In China, the Dai were known as »Tai-Kadai-Kam-Sui«, and today, with the other Tai people, are collectively referred to as »Dai«. Known as »Dai« in China, in Burma they are called »Shan«, in Thailand »Tai« and Laos »Lao Tai«. Weaving has always been an important means of expression for the Tai. Their manual crafts are correspondingly artful, intricate and ornate, and the meaning of the textiles is deeply entwined with their cultural life. For the Tai, their textiles always have a spiritual significance as well, as they are closely connected to their animistic beliefs.
Handwoven 100 % handspun cotton, IV quarter 20th century
Size: 1,87 x 0,90 m