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An image of man's textile by

Roti, Indonesia

Title
man's textile
Place of origin
RotiIndonesia
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
handspun cotton, natural dyes; warp 'ikat'
Dimensions

155.0 x 68.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
278.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

The people of Roti were among the first in the Indonesian archipelago to trade exclusively with the Dutch East India Company. The silk 'patola' cloth from India was one of the items traded, although this highly sought after cloth was only awarded to the highest of rulers or regents. When the Company went bankrupt in 1800 and 'patola' cloth became rare, the nobility adopted 'patola' motifs for their own 'ikat' cloth. This Rotinese 'ikat' textile is one such example of the influence of the Indian 'patola' on Southeast Asian textile traditions.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Bibliography (2)

Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Handwoven textiles of South-East Asia, Singapore, 1988.

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