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Title

Ceremonial skirtcloth ('sampot chawng kbun')

circa 1900


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The design and structure of the ikat skirtcloth above and right suggest the influence of Indian blockprinted trade cloths, which originated from the Coromandel Coast. The body of the cloth is dyed in a delicate flower and trellis design, while the ends are decorated in three registers of a protective 'yantra' design. The intricate pattern suggests that the cloth was made for Thai taste during a period when Cambodia came under Thai rule. Generally silk cloths such as this were not worn by Thai royalty, who preferred to wear cotton, but were used in gift exchanges among aristocratic groups. This practice continued until the mid 1800s.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.318.


Details


Other Title

Ceremonial skirtcloth ('sampot hol')


Place where the work was made

Cambodia


Date

circa 1900


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk and natural dyes; twill weave, weft ikat


Dimensions

90.0 x 307.0 cm


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

119.2003



Place

Where the work was made
Cambodia

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 318-319 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on pages 318 and 319 are details of this work.

Susan Scollay., Hali, 'The Art of Half the World', pg. 110-111, Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 110, 111 (colour illus.). no.6 (this has been incorrectly identified and should be no.5)