Contemporary Inspiration from the OPT Lao Heritage Textile Collection
By Veo & Jacinta
Rice Harvest Celebration Textile
In the Fibre 2 Fabric gallery Indigo exhibition, hangs a beautiful antique Lao sinh in the Ikat or Mutmee style, where the technique has produced a delicate white rice plant in full seed, rooted into the earth and highlighted in a field of deep blue indigo. Traditionally made by mother-in-laws for their daughter-in-laws, this cotton-silk blended skirt is only worn to celebrate the bountiful rice harvest at the end of all the hard work. This sinh is the inspiration for a new, unique silk Ikat scarf by artisan Ms. Pet, an accomplished Ikat master at only 26. Together with the clever indigo dyers at OPT, they have perfected the difficult technique of silk-dying with indigo; indigo is usually reserved for cotton as it has a high affinity for the plant-based fibre. The resulting creation is a striking pale indigo contrasting with silver shades from the teak-leaf dye. Framed by rice paddy terraces, the scarf carries a motif that is intertwined with daily Lao life and is intrinsically Lao.
The scarf will be available this month at the new shop in the main street.
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