This is simply the most elegant shawl I've ever seen. The center panel is an intricately woven white edged with a soft black border. Both the white and black sections have rectangles of a slightly looser weave, hard to describe but beautiful.
While its 24" width and 68" length make it an ideal size for a shawl, the fabric is light and soft enough to be worn as a scarf as well.
Handwoven by women of the "Long Neck" tribe of northern Thailand, consistently recognized for their fine artistry.
This shawl is hand woven by women of the "Long Neck" or Padaung tribe of northern Thailand. This weaving group produces the most spectacular scarves and shawls in Thailand and is consistently recognized for their Fine Artistry. They routinely experiment with natural dyeing techniques and weaving methods to create orginal scarves and shawls for all occasions.
Your purchase supports the education and livelihood of this group. Only able to get one season of crops, they must rely on this craftsmanship to thrive.
The Padaung are a sub-group of the Shan, who aren't entirely considered minorities as they have always occupied the areas of Northwest Thailand and the Shan states of Myanmar. The Shan speak a dialect similar to Thai and are even known as Thai Yai, having been assimilated into Thai culture.
There are pockets of Padaung around Mae Hong Son. The Padaung attract many curious visitors on account of their long-necked women. A tradition of beautifying women by adding brass rings to their necks has been preserved largely for generating tourism. Although the neck appears cruelly elongated, it is the collarbone which has been displaced rather than the stretching and weakening of the neck.