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Phaeng Mai Gallery

Date : 2010-02-15 02:12:38

DescriptionPhaeng Mai Gallery is one of the best textile galleries in Vientiane and sells an exclusive collection of exquisite fabrics made using naturally-dyed silk painstakingly hand-woven on traditional looms. To preserve the weaving heritage of Laos, designs used are derived from antique textiles such as those commissioned by the ancient royal courts. Phaeng Mai Gallery is run by two sisters, Konghtong and Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy from Sam Neua Province who began to weave at six years of age under the expert guidance of their mother. They both continue to work together to supervise the entire weaving process at Phaeng Mai in an extended family manner where the weavers are part of the design planning, color choice and deft sense of tradition and skill. It was in 1990 that Phaeng Mai first opened its gallery and handloom weaving facilities to train the people of Laos and others in the intricate skills and techniques required to produce Lao textiles. Their textiles are created from various types of silk thread. From one cocoon they gather 3-4 qualities of yarn. The thread from the outer layer is chosen for a durable, textured fabric. The finer second and third layers are ideal for their superior lustrous accessories, and signature quality contemporary design. They use both the natural yellow silk from a specific kind of cocoon only grown in Laos which provides a natural look and soft texture and use the white silk more for its pastel color.

Street Address110 Nongbouathong Tai Village, Sikhottabong District



Name of InstitutionPhaeng Mai Gallery

Phone856 21 217341


Fax856 21 217341

Type of ActivitySupport Institution

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