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Collection

Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Title
Plangi (tie-dyed and stich resist) shawl
Other titles:
Tie-dyed decorative cloth
kain nyulam
Place of origin
PalembangSumatraIndonesia
Year
20th century
Media category
Textile
Materials used
silk, probably synthetic dyes, silver-wrapped yarns
Dimensions

69.5 x 233.0 cm (irreg.)

Credit
Gift of John Yu, in memory of George Soutter 2012. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
Accession number
78.2012
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.