89.2 x 89.4cm [weft x warp]
This square piece of batik, a resist dye method, is intricately patterned floral and vegetal motifs, swastikas, geometric motifs and imitation fringes ('soi saa'). The central diamond shape carves the central square into four triangles, each adorned with a different pattern. The borders of the cloth are intricately patterned with scrolling motifs and scallops. The workmanship in patterning this textile is very fine, fluid and detailed, yet balanced. Such a piece may have been used as a head cloth or to carry things.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, December 2011