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Siho and Naga--Lao textiles : reflecting a people's tradition and change

Author: Edeltraud Tagwerker
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Siho and Naga are the most powerful mythological figures in Lao tradition manifested in their textiles. This book focuses on the history and culture of the creators of exquisitely hand woven fabrics that have attracted textile connoisseurs all over the world. The study leads not only to rare weaving techniques, patterns and natural dyes, but also to a vast ethnic diversity of people who used to live self  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edeltraud Tagwerker
ISBN: 9783631586891 3631586892
OCLC Number: 611554036
Description: 195 pages : . : color illustrations, color map ; 22 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements; Table of Contents; Introduction; PART I --
Land and People of Laos; A Short View into Lao Cultural History; Education and Society within the Diversity of Ethnic Groups; Some Ethnic Characteristics; PART II --
Lao Traditional Textiles; The Lao Textile Museum; New Enterprises Creating Lao Textiles; General Characteristics of Lao Garments; Lao Fabrics for House, Temple, Rituals and Beliefs; Natural Fibers and Materials; Dyeing Techniques; General Weaving Techniques; Lao Traditional Weaving; Embroidery; Patterns and Motifs; Part III --
Rituals and Festivities; Spirit- and Ancestor-Worship Lao Ceremonies and Festivities; Festivals Based on Myth and Rite; Conclusion; Appendix; The Main Principles of Buddhism; A Remarkable Lao Citizen; The Hmong Tiger; Textile Glossary; Bibliography; Internet --
Links; Illustrations; Index.
Other Titles: Lao textiles
Responsibility: Edeltraud Tagwerker.

Abstract:

"Siho and Naga are the most powerful mythological figures in Lao tradition manifested in their textiles. This book focuses on the history and culture of the creators of exquisitely hand woven fabrics that have attracted textile connoisseurs all over the world. The study leads not only to rare weaving techniques, patterns and natural dyes, but also to a vast ethnic diversity of people who used to live self sufficiently of their natural environment in rural areas or under royal patronage in ancient cities. Textiles have always been an integral part of the social and spiritual life of Lao people who now, after a devastating war, are challenged to come to terms with tourism, cash, and global market strategies. Siho and Naga shall raise awareness for urgent educational reform countrywide and encourage local and international preservers of Lao culture to continue their efforts to the benefit of Lao's young generation, who eventually will grasp the value of their own textiles in order to set them against cheap imports."--Publisher.
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