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Collection

An image of Batik cloth by

Laos

Title
Batik cloth
Other titles:
square textile
Place of origin
Laos
Cultural origin
Hmong people
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
cotton, indigo dye; batik resist dyeing
Dimensions

89.2 x 89.4 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
289.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

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