The Jao Say wall hanging is rich with imagery from Lao mythology. Jao Say means prince in Lao and this textile features a multi-headed Prince Naga. This motif represents the ongoing duel between the good, protective Naga spirit and the destructive Ngeuak, or dragon spirits. This intricate piece took over 90 hours to weave. The textile is a reproduction of a rare vintage Tai Lue textile from our Heritage Textile Collection. There are over 700 pieces in this collection, which was started in 2002. Weavers use this collection as a source of inspiration and as means to make rare old designs that are hard to find these days. Mrs. Vilaiphone was inspired to weave reproduction textiles when she participated in the Empowering Women exhibition held at the Museum of Man in San Diego. A behind the scenes tour of the museum collection made her realise the importance of the Heritage Textile Collection in Luang Prabang.