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Title

Ceremonial skirtcloth (sampot chawng kbun)

circa 1900

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Ceremonial skirtcloth ('sampot hol')
    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Date
    circa 1900
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    silk and natural dyes; twill weave, weft ikat
    Dimensions
    90.0 x 307.0 cm
    Credit
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    119.2003
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  • About

    The design and structure of the ikat skirtcloth above and right suggest the influence of Indian blockprinted trade cloths, which originated from the Coromandel Coast. The body of the cloth is dyed in a delicate flower and trellis design, while the ends are decorated in three registers of a protective 'yantra' design. The intricate pattern suggests that the cloth was made for Thai taste during a period when Cambodia came under Thai rule. Generally silk cloths such as this were not worn by Thai royalty, who preferred to wear cotton, but were used in gift exchanges among aristocratic groups. This practice continued until the mid 1800s.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.318.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 318-319 (colour illus.). The colour illus. on pages 318 and 319 are details of this work.

    • Susan Scollay., Hali, 'The Art of Half the World', pg. 110-111, Mar 2004-Apr 2004, 110, 111 (colour illus.). no.6 (this has been incorrectly identified and should be no.5)