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Hipwrapper (sampot rbauk)

mid 19th century-late 19th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Ceremonial 'Wednesday' cloth (sampot rbauk)
    Ceremonial cloth (sampot rbauk)
    Place where the work was made
    mid 19th century-late 19th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk with supplementary weft decoration
    93.0 x 314.0 cm
    Gift of Nomadic Rug Traders 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    This richly decorated supplementary weft textile is modelled on Indian brocade cloths, but instead of using a gold-wrapped thread for the brocade as is the Indian technique, a yellow or gold coloured supplementary weft thread has been used to achieve the rich effect. The complex and intricate design suggests that it was made for ceremonial use. The colours - with green warp and red weft to give a shot effect - suggest an association with the planetary gods, Rahu and Ketu, the ascending and descending nodes of the moon. These gods are associated with Wednesday and so this cloth would have been used for ceremonial occasions held on Wednesdays.

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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication