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Collection

An image of waistsash, breastcloth by

Bali, Indonesia

Title
waistsash, breastcloth
Place of origin
BaliIndonesia
Year
circa 1900
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'
Dimensions

40.2 x 248.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
265.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

This striking and beautifully dyed 'ikat' cloth portrays a mythical creature in a greatly abstracted, rainbow-skinned, serpent-like form. The central design of multi-coloured squares arranged somewhat like a weaving pattern is bordered by diamond motifs which appear face-like. Such a design, probably derived from a pattern known as 'gigi barong' (the teeth of the auspicious and mythical 'lion' of Balinese Hindu legend known as the 'barong'), the form of which appears to have been greatly influenced by Chinese dragon imagery.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Bibliography (1)

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