167.0 x 106.3cm (irreg.)
This royal sarong is a sumptuous textile woven in a checked design which gained popularity with the influence of Islam. It would have been woven in two long, narrow sections, probably on a body tension loom, which was later stitched together. The design utilises the familiar motif of eight-petal lotus and eight-pointed star, a reference to the directions of space and notions of the cosmos influenced by ideas coming from India.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
Robyn Maxwell (Australia) (Author), Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.