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An image of sacred heirloom banner ('sarita') by
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Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Title
sacred heirloom banner ('sarita')
Place of origin
TorajaSulawesiIndonesia
Cultural origin
Dutch manufactured for the Toraja market
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
cotton, indigo dyes; paste resist dyeing
Dimensions

32.0 x 597.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
279.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

The 'sarita', a distinctive type of sacred textile (maa’) amongst the Toraja people of Sulawesi, were used in various ways: they were flown from tall bamboo poles before the house of a dead person, or wrapped around the head of the wooden effigy representing the dead. The 'sarita' is also significant technically because the designs were obtained by a resist process that must have resembled batik.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, July 2006

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, 368-369.

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006