First, a set of triple-pinch-pleated drapes made for grand-daughter Charlotte's first bedroom. These are made of a very heavy cotton and lined with block-out fabric to encourage daytime napping!
Next is a set of holland blinds I made for my studio door and windows, using pieces of several different handwoven Lao textiles for the feature panels. The light-coloured background cloth is also a Laotian textile, but this one is a machine-woven cotton from the Lao Cotton Company. (If ever you are in Vientiane, it's well worth a visit to Lao Cotton.)
The panels in these blinds are fabrics that contain mainly cotton threads but also some silk. Black is used as a common background for the more colourful threads, all of which are hand-dyed. If you want to know more about Lao textiles, the website of the Taykeo Textile Gallery is a good place to start.
All of the insert panels came from lengths of cloth intended to be made into the traditional Lao sinh, or skirt, worn by most women in the lowland cities, towns and villages of the country.