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An image of Ceremonial cloth ('geringsing sanen empeg') by
Alternate image of Ceremonial cloth ('geringsing sanen empeg') by

Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia

Ceremonial cloth ('geringsing sanen empeg')
Place of origin
20th century
Media category
Materials used
cotton, natural dyes; double 'ikat'

21.6 x 219.0 cm

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

'Geringsing' cloths are particular to the village of Tenganan in east Bali. The overall design, structure and the double 'ikat' technique of patterning present in this 'geringsing' recall the important 'patola' which originated in India and was brought to Indonesia as a trade cloth. This ceremonial cloth is decorated with the design known as 'si gading' which refers to the geometric motif set within checked squares. It is used by men and may have originally been used as a man's loincloth, later being associated with notions of potency. They are predominantly used at ceremonies connected with martial or exorcistic activities and are also regarded as gifts worthy of the gods. It is relevant to note that the warp threads of this 'geringsing' are still intact as once the warp threads have been severed, the 'geringsing' are restricted to human use generally those marking rites of passage.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Bibliography (1)

Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990, 184.

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006