- Alternative title
- kain limar
- Place where the work was made
- Cultural origin
- Malay people
- 20th century
- Media category
- Materials used
- silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'
- 106.0 x 244.8 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Copyright reserved
This beautifully patterned silk weft ikat is intricately dyed in red, blue, yellow and green to create a pattern of eight-petalled lotuses surrounded by curling foliage and smaller flower motifs. The ends of this cloth are bordered by fluid triangular designs, described as a bamboo shoot motif, bordered by smaller eight-petalled flowers derived from the exotic mangosteen fruit. The central field design of this cloth reflects the influence of Indian 'patola' textile patterns where the eight-petalled flower motif is a metaphor for the cosmos.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
Referenced in 3 publications
Mattiebelle Gittinger, Splendid symbols: textiles and tradition in Indonesia, Singapore, 1990.
Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, Textile traditions of Indonesia, Los Angeles, 1977.
Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.