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Tai Dam Mosquito Net
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Masterpiece

This is a typical but well executed example of Tai Dam wedding mosquito nets which are an important part of traditional wedding preparations. It demonstrates a mix of materials, including supplementary weaving of silk and cotton, natural dyes, as well as pieces of cloth from the market. It also has the unusual adornment of silkworm cocoons used as tassels.

History of the Object
This mosquito net was created by Miss Toi to prepare for her marriage. It was used for several years, but then packed away and stored as it was deemed too hot to sleep under regularly.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Handspun, handwoven cotton and silk. Market-bought cloth. Silkworm cocoons. 
Measurements
Width 174 cm. Height 170.5 cm. Length 178 cm.  
Creator name
Miss Toi, Tai Dam ethnic group 
Creator date
1977- 
Where it was made
Ban Nong Boua, Sing District, Luang Namtha Province 
Geography
Laos 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; circa 1995 
Function
This mosquito net is used to keep out mosquitoes and other small insects; provide warmth during the cold season; and provide privacy. This type of mosquito net with a border is an important part of a bride's dowry and is used for the new marital bed. 
Acquisition
Acquired by TAEC in 2007, during a field visit to Ban Nong Boua to research Tai Dam mosquito nets. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
Museum
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
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