Muong XXII

Lumbar Pillow

Muong XXII

Lumbar Pillow

40" W x 15" H
vintage
Vietnam
$395 Sale

In the mountains of northern Vietnam, the rich weaving tradition has long created opportunities in textile production for women... READ MORE

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Provenance

vintage
Vietnam

In the mountains of northern Vietnam, the rich weaving tradition has long created opportunities in textile production for women and girls of the Muong group. The only surviving descendants of the early Vietnamese, the Muong have maintained their traditional way of life, in contrast to the Chinese-influenced culture of Northern lowland communities. In Muong culture, young girls inherit weaving techniques from their mothers beginning at an early age. The harmonious patterns, such as the ones seen on this pillow, are colored by natural dyes: red from the bang tree, blue from the indigo plant, yellow from turmeric and saffron, and black from guava leaves and roots. Because their religious beliefs are rooted in animism - the belief in a supernatural power that enlivens the material world - the intricate designs of their textiles are said to subtly depict the weavers' souls.

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This textile is finished with our flax linen backing and closed by an exposed zipper with a gold pull. The cushion is stuffed with an oversized down insert.

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*Please note that as unique, handmade art, no two pieces are ever exactly the same and color varies across monitors. Our website photos are a close representation of this work, but may not be identical to the piece you receive.

Provenance

In the mountains of northern Vietnam, the rich weaving tradition has long created opportunities in textile production for women and girls of the Muong group. The only surviving descendants of the early Vietnamese, the Muong have maintained their traditional way of life, in contrast to the Chinese-influenced culture of Northern lowland communities. In Muong culture, young girls inherit weaving techniques from their mothers beginning at an early age. The harmonious patterns, such as the ones seen on this pillow, are colored by natural dyes: red from the bang tree, blue from the indigo plant, yellow from turmeric and saffron, and black from guava leaves and roots. Because their religious beliefs are rooted in animism - the belief in a supernatural power that enlivens the material world - the intricate designs of their textiles are said to subtly depict the weavers' souls.