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Title

sacred heirloom banner ('sarita')

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Toraja Sulawesi Indonesia


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

279.2000



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.