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Title

Men's headcloth ('ikat kepala'; 'tengkuluk')

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Headcloths were worn by men throughout coastal Sumatra. This beautiful example of a Palembang headcloth combines a weft ikat ('limar') with a supplementary weft woven in gold thread ('songket'). The central field design is based on a patola pattern - a variation on the eight-petalled lotus design in shades of blue, green, purple, off white and red. This headcloth is indicative of the 'refinement' of dress, social and ritual pursuits, under the influence of Islam.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Palembang Sumatra Indonesia


Cultural origin

Malay people


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

silk, gold metallic thread, natural dyes; weft 'ikat', supplementary weft weave


Dimensions

88.8 x 87.6 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

255.2000



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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.