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Title

sarong

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The plaid or chequered skirtcloth, combined with a collarless white shirt and black cap was generally regarded as standard dress throughout Islamic Southeast Asia, the skirtcloth only recently being replaced by trousers. The spread of chequered designs, particularly throughout Southeast Asia, may be in large part attributed to Islam and the desire for a lack of ostentation in dress. This textile, with its distinctive purple and orange design, is embellished with a subtle border of gold at the hem and rectangular-shaped motifs over the body of the cloth.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Sumatra Indonesia


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, metallic thread; supplementary warp weave


Dimensions

106.0 x 81.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

251.2000



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.