Handmade Cotton Wall Hanging, ‘Thai Naga’ (Thailand) (Handmade – Cotton/Wood – Country – Black). Thai artisan Keawpankanlaya perpetuates an ancient Thai weaving tradition with her beautiful wall hangings. Hand-woven from cotton, this tapestry features a black border and background brightened by rows of blue, orange, crimson, white, ocher and brown. The wall hanging arrives with a rain tree wood rod and cord for displaying on a wall. Product Features: Country: Thailand Accent Type: Wall Art Product Features: Handmade Material: Cotton, Wood Color: Black Dimensions: 9.75 inches wide x 34 inches high Story Behind the Art: The textile art of Thai silk brocade has become part of my life. I grew up with it and met village weavers with my mom from the time I was young. I saw warm silk, elder women weaving on a loom with wrinkled hands raising the threads from side to side, the colors, patterns and designs that they created. Suddenly I told myself that I would become one of them. I’m Keawpankanlaya Kanlayanamit, but everyone calls me Lukkaew. I was born on January 25, 1978 in Chiang Mai and I have one lovely sister. My family moved around a lot because my father is a soldier. My mother is a dressmaker, like my grandmother was. She loves our silk brocade and I often accompanied her to Lamphun, the center of Thai silk brocade weaving. I’d meet the villagers and listen while my mother talked with them about patterns, design and color. I saw how each piece of Thai silk takes a long time to create. The painstaking workmanship, the scent of dyes, the people’s creativity and their passion for silk made a deep impression on me. Only older people were weaving silk and I asked them, ‘Why don’t you try another occupation?’ They told me, ‘We inherited the craft over many generations and we cannot live without it. We are proud of it.’ My mother and I thought about how much we love cloth and textile arts. So we realized that we would like to preserve Thailand’s silk brocade legacy until our last breath. Together, Mother and I create dresses, cloths to wrap around the bust, and hair bands in northern style, and the pa sin, or long skirt, all made of Thai silk brocade. At Chiang Mai University, I majored in textile design with a minor in photography. After I graduated, I set up a photo shop and my mother trained me about Thai brocades. They are made of natural silk and cotton, and are very comfortable to wear. When I photograph people, I like to see how beautiful they are when they wear Thai silk. My mom and I also craft brocade tablecloths and wall hangings. The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen. Imported
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