This intricately brocaded cloth is woven with an indigo warp and red weft with a dense banded pattern of metallic silver supplementary weft weave ('songket'). The colours used in this cloth are significant, probably derived from the red, black and white threads which are woven together, to represent the unity or integrity of divergent or conflicting forces.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
silk, metallic thread, natural dyes, lace edging, silver casing; supplementary weft weave
34.3 x 148.3 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Not on display
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Referenced in 3 publications
Textile traditions of Indonesia, Los Angeles, 1977.
Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.
Splendid symbols: textiles and tradition in Indonesia, Singapore, 1990.