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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:57 pm 

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Location: Eugene, OR USA
Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art will have two weekend exhibitions and sales in Oregon this month:

Eugene: Nov 12, 13, 14 at the Spencer Creek Grange (86013 Lorane Hwy., Eugene)
Portland: Nov 26, 27, 28 at the Multnomah Art Center (7688 SW Capitol Dr., Portland)

Above the Fray specializes in Tai Daeng silk woven art (ceremonial blankets, shaman and healing cloths) from Houaphon Province in northeast Laos, but also has textiles (form Black Hmong skirts to Dzao bibs to Nghe loin-cloths) and other wares from a variety of ethnic groups from the region (incl. baskets, ritual objects/masks, tools, and other authentic village-made art and wares). Both new and vintage textiles and other items are represented; the range of textiles is broad, from simple hand-woven naturally-dyed mono-color scarves ($20) to generations-old complex ("wow!") shaman cloths (up to $1200).

The pieces are obtained directly by Above the Fray from the weaver herself (and a photo of the actual artist is often available) or from village markets.

Samples (perhaps 5% of our inventory) of what we offer can be seen and contact information can be found at

I also will highlight that the website has pages of information (click on "The Artists") about the textiles and other art, and has an extensive bibliography for those seeking information about hilltribe art of Laos and Vietnam.

File comment: OUr 13-year-old son with two Tai Daeng master weavers showing off some new textiles in the village of Xam Tai, Houaphon Province, Laos.
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Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art
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