Southeast Asian Weaving

Some of the world's richest and most intricate weaving traditions were born in Southeast Asia. From the sumptuous ikats of the Cambodian royal court of the 19th century, to the fantastical animal motifs of northern Laos, to the fine brocade robes of Vietnamese mandarins, silk weaving has a long and grand history. Today, the range of silk fabric and textiles woven in these and other important weaving centers such Thailand and Myanmar is vast. Weaving is still almost exclusively a woman's craft, and an important source of income for rural families.

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