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Collection

An image of royal sarong by

Bali, Indonesia

Title
royal sarong
Place of origin
BaliIndonesia
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk, natural dyes, metallic thread; supplementary weft weave
Dimensions

167.0 x 106.3 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
267.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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