Rich brown and black combine with stylized Yao appliqués in a handsome wall hanging that eloquently communicates hundreds of years of tradition. Inspired by patterns from ancient hill tribe designs, Suneeporn Tanjaipetch designs this exotic Thai textile. The Yao ancestors lived in the Hunan Province of China some 2,000 years ago. Today the Yao people live in southern China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. In Thailand, there are approximately 55,000 Yao living in scattered villages, and an estimated 10,000 from Laos live in refugee camps along the border. They have such unique life styles that the various communities are quite different from one another. But their villages are commonly found on beautiful low hills and mountainous valleys with dense forests. These areas are teeming with wild animals and are rich in natural resources, allowing them to develop a diversified economy. The Yao people have an oral literary tradition. For instance, when a group of people is working the fields, several persons sing and beat drums to liven their work. Some of the songs tell love stories, others tell the Yao history, the legends about the creation of heaven and earth, etc. The singers also ask questions of each other or tell funny stories, adding a joyous atmosphere and synchronizing working movements. The Yao people are expert weavers, dyers, and embroiderers. During the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD), they wove special fabrics made from tree bark and dyed them with grass seeds, and later they became expert at beeswax and indigo dyeing. Yao women are noted for their magnificent cross-stitch embroidery, which richly decorates the clothing of every member of their families. The Yao distinguish themselves from the rest of tribes people with magnificent attire and jewelry, for their silversmiths produce silver jewelry of high quality. This handsome textile makes a wall hanging or table runner of unusual beauty, lending a touch of Thailand to any décor. NOTE: As each item is a unique expression of the artisan’s creativity, the products received will feature a very similar color and pattern scheme but may not be exactly identical to the one in the photograph.
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