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Title

Skirt cloth (sampot hol)

1900-1950

Artists

Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Khmer people
    Date
    1900-1950
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    silk, natural dyes; weft resist dyeing (hol), twill weaving
    Dimensions
    90.0 290.0 cm approx.
    Credit
    Gift of Ross Forman 2020
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    141.2020
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  • About

    This fine silk skirt cloth (sampot) was part of daily clothing in Cambodia in the first half of the 20th century. It was created by women using an intricate resist dyed patterning technique known in Khmer (Cambodian) as hol but more widely referred to as ikat. In this technique complex designs are tied and dyed into the silk before weaving.

    The textile displays three clear areas of patterning – a large central field surrounded by mirrored panels at either end and simple designs along each side. While the pattern placement derives from treasured Indian patola cloths traded to Southeast Asia from Gujarat since at least the 15th century, the destinctive design is identifiably Cambodian. Silk textiles of this style appear in Cambodian temple paintings and similar cloths appear on Khmer sculptures of the 12th and 13th centuries.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia