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Title

Geringsing

circa 1850


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This spectacular 'geringsing' was made for the Raja of Amlapura in eastern Bali. It replicates the flower and trellis pattern of patolas to bold effect. What is unusual about these cloths, however, is the embroidered decoration on the two ends of the textile, the threads of which were once couched in gold, suggesting the importance and value ascribed to them. In the traditional context 'geringsings' were significant as sacred cloths and were worn as breast wrappers or shoulder cloths during religious ceremonies. The sacred value of these cloths is suggested by the rituals and rites associated with each step of their manufacture which ensured the purity of these cloths.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2003.


Details


Place where the work was made

Tenganan Bali Indonesia


Date

circa 1850


Media category

Textile


Materials used

handspun cotton, natural dyes; double ikat technique with embroidery


Dimensions

49.0 x 217.0 cm


Credit

Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

112.2003



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history