These textiles are called t'nalak, and two or three pieces are usually sewn together lengthwise to make a ceremonial blanket given to the bridegroom’s family at a wedding celebration. The textile is a warp 'ikat', which means that the warp threads (the yarns tied to the loom) were tie-dyed before weaving the cloth. This gives the pattern the fuzzy appearance associated with the 'ikat' technique.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011
banana (abaca) fibre, warp ikat
62.0 x 473.0 cm
Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2005
Not on display