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Title

carrying cloth ('ulos mangiring')

20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    North Sumatra Indonesia
    Cultural origin
    Batak
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    handspun cotton, natural dyes; warp 'ikat' with supplementary weft weave
    Dimensions
    97.7 x 189.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    249.2000
    Copyright
    © Copyright reserved

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  • About

    The textiles woven by the Batak people were never pictorial nor did they include recognisable figures but consisted primarily of warp 'ikat' designs and simple geometric shapes. Specific combinations of colours and stripes serve different talismanic or healing functions. This example consists of a striking arrowhead pattern in dark stripes set against a rich maroon background and decorated with a supplementary weft weave in a metallic yarn. Used as a carrying cloth, it would have been presented by the maternal grandparent on the birth of their daughter's first child.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications