Taupe shadows lend depth and nuance to this naturally-dyed rose fabric, handwoven of Laotian silk. Constructed in plain weave with very fine, plied back silk warp threads and thick and thin unplied natural (eri) silk weft threads, the fabric has a subtle weft-wise grain and delicate, muted colors. The warp is dyed black with Phay, then fermented in mud for 3 nights. The rose-colored weft yarn is dyed with Fandeng (Caesalpinia sappan), fermented in mud 3 nights, and the charcoal is dyed with Phay and fermented in mud three nights. The fabric is light weight with a good drape. It is suitable for interior decor and for clothing such as shirts and dresses. Hand wash the fabric in cold water and air dry.
The fabric is sold by the yard.
Opened in 1992 by Director Rassanikone Nanong, Nikone Handicraft Centre is regenerating traditional Lao weaving and dyeing to produce textiles for modern interiors. More than 100 skilled weavers from villages in Vientiane create 100% handwoven naturally-dyed Lao silk and cotton fabrics, plus gift items, fashion accessories and home decor accessories.