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An image of Geringsing by
Alternate image of Geringsing by

Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia

Place of origin
circa 1850
Media category
Materials used
handspun cotton, natural dyes; double ikat technique with embroidery

49.0 x 223.0 cm

Asian Collection Benefactors' Fund 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

'Geringsing' cloths are only made in Tenganan village in east Bali. The cloths are made by dyeing the yarns with the design before weaving begins. A successful outcome is difficult to achieve and requires considerable planning and careful production by the weaver. The designs of 'geringsing' are based on the patterns of textiles imported from India. Traditionally, 'geringsings' were worn as breast wrappers or shoulder cloths during religious ceremonies. The fact that the weavers decorated the ends with metal-wrapped threads indicates the importance and value ascribed to the cloths. Impressive examples of 'geringsings', such as this one, were made for the kings (rajas) of the Karangasem court who presided over the Amlapura district of eastern Bali. The distinctive design on this textile is known as the 'wayang kebo' which draws its inspiration from shadow puppets. The length of the cloth is divided into four sections by three stars between which are groups of three people.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 343 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on page 343 is a detail of this work.

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006