Patchworks come from tribal weavings around the globe, from Northern Thailand hill tribe’s people of Phrae province, populated by the Mlabri ethnic group (people of the forest), called “the most interesting and least understood people in Southeast Asia”. Only about 400 or fewer Mlabri remain in the world today, with some estimates as low as 100. A hill tribe in northern Thailand along the border with Laos, they have been groups of nomadic hunter-gatherers. Those in Thailand live close to the Hmong and northern Thai. Those living in Laos live close to other ethnic groups. The fabrics are all handmade by the Mlabri communities, using traditional techniques which they pas down from generation to generation.
Read more in the booklet designed for the owner upon purchase.
These hand-spun shawls have colorful, tight geometric designs and are used by a shaman during any of a variety of healing rituals. This type of fabrics are healing textiles called “phaasabai” (meaning silk breast wrapper shawl) and are used by both shaman and ordinary people, and use a combination of color and design for their powerful healing protection. Healing cloths are used in healing ceremonies, and are also used in ceremony to foster a healthy future for the village or crops. They may be worn by both the healer and the ill person, or even laid in the garden. Read about the shaman in the Booklet specially designed for the owner of the bag.
Most of the designer’s pieces are unique, so sometimes cannot be replicated for future orders.
Depending on the dimensions of the unique fabric, there can be made more items.