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Title

Waistcloth; shouldercloth


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Alternative title

kain limar


Place where the work was made

Palembang Sumatra Indonesia


Cultural origin

Malay people


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'


Dimensions

106.0 x 244.8 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

241.2000



Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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.