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An image of Waistcloth; shouldercloth by

Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Waistcloth; shouldercloth
Alternative title:
kain limar
Place of origin
Cultural origin
Malay people
20th century
Media category
Materials used
silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'

106.0 x 244.8 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
© Copyright reserved
Not on display
Further information

This beautifully patterned silk weft ikat is intricately dyed in red, blue, yellow and green to create a pattern of eight-petalled lotuses surrounded by curling foliage and smaller flower motifs. The ends of this cloth are bordered by fluid triangular designs, described as a bamboo shoot motif, bordered by smaller eight-petalled flowers derived from the exotic mangosteen fruit. The central field design of this cloth reflects the influence of Indian 'patola' textile patterns where the eight-petalled flower motif is a metaphor for the cosmos.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Bibliography (3)

Mattiebelle Gittinger, Splendid symbols: textiles and tradition in Indonesia, Singapore, 1990.

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, Textile traditions of Indonesia, Los Angeles, 1977.

Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.

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