155.0 x 68.5cm
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
Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Handwoven textiles of South-East Asia, Singapore, 1988.
Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.