TUBE-SKIRT (SINH) FROM MUANG HUN, OUDOMXAI PROVINCE, NORTHWEST LAOS, LATE 19TH C.. © GAY SPIES, IMAGE COURTESY OF CAROLINE WHITLEY – TAASA Review September 2014

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This article was originally found in the September 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 3, Page 27).

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When these unique textiles first appeared on the market in late 20th C, they created quite a stir.

Very little was known about them or their weavers.

Some thought they had been woven by the Tai Lue, because the tubeskirts displayed typical Lue structure: two side seams (most other Tai tube-skirts have only one), the pattern in the mid-section (body) oriented horizontally when worn, and a separate waistband (head) with dark indigo hem piece (foot)...