Saturday, 24 September 2016
EARLY PHOTOGRAPHY IN ESAN AND LAOS
Weaving used to be a major activity in Laos and Esan, producing cotton and silk fabric used mostly by locals. If the emergence of industrially produced fabric as well as the cheaper silk produced in China played a major role on the extinction of artisanal weaving. The high quality of the silk traditionally produced by women on both sides of the Mekong gained an international reputation and is now exported and used for the haute couture market and the production of luxurious items.
(on the right): Weaving setup under a house and women folding some fabric.
Exemples of paterns produced in Esan and Laos
A woman knitting some ornamental elements.