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An image of shouldercloth or waistsash by

Pasemah-Bengkulu, Sumatra, Indonesia

Title
shouldercloth or waistsash
Place of origin
Pasemah-BengkuluSumatraIndonesia
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk, metallic thread, natural dyes, lace edging, silver casing; supplementary weft weave
Dimensions

34.3 x 148.3 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
244.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

This intricately brocaded cloth is woven with an indigo warp and red weft with a dense banded pattern of metallic silver supplementary weft weave ('songket'). The colours used in this cloth are significant, probably derived from the red, black and white threads which are woven together, to represent the unity or integrity of divergent or conflicting forces.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Bibliography (3)

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

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

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