69.5 x 233.0 cm (irreg.)
Colourfully tie-dyed cloths were commonly produced by many cultures in Southeast Asia, such those on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, and Sulawesi, as well as in Cambodia and the Philippines. Many were used for decorative purposes, as well as ritual ones. The spotted pattern is typical of such textiles, and ideas from northwest India can be seen in the use of the paisley pattern at each end. The entire piece has been embroidered with silver-coloured threads.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.