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Title

headcloth


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This headcloth is most likely to be associated with fertility. Woven in earth tones and heightened with blue, the geometric design on the end panels incorporates an elongated triangular motif symbolising the male principle, whilst the diamond design in the central section of this cloth represents the female principle. Textiles bearing this male-female design are used in rites by peasant farmers to secure an abundant harvest.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

North Sumatra Indonesia


Cultural origin

Batak


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

handspun cotton, natural dyes; twill weave with supplementary weft design at centre and at ends


Dimensions

42.2 x 220 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

242.2000



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, 139.