This lustrous silk shawl, produced in the early 1990s in the Vientiane, Laos, studio of an American woman intent on preserving the weaving techniques of various Lao ethnic groups, is woven with interlocking tapestry, weft ikat, and discontinuous and supplementary patterning. It is wearable art, gorgeous as a shawl or a wall hanging. Carol Cassidy established her company, Lao Textiles, in Vientiane in 1989, and during the next decade her exquisite silk weavings became known and collected worldwide. Laos is the home of nearly 70 ethnic groups for whom textiles traditionally have been a critical part of family life, identifying locale and group, and marking life’s events from birth to marriage to death. This shawl is Carol Cassidy’s adaptation of their unique weaving technology, design and patterning. Its interlocking tapestry patterns can be seen in “Beyond Tradition: Lao Textiles Revisited,” Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, N.Y., 1995, pp. 30, 31, a catalogue from one of many textile exhibits that have celebrated her work. A collectible piece that will last a lifetime, this shawl can be washed (use of a basic hair shampoo such as Prell is recommended) and will maintain its graceful drape and soft sheen. It is in perfect condition, and measures 78” (198 cm) in length, and 31” (79 cm) in width. See photograph captions for measurements of borders and fringe.