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Title

sarong

20th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sumatra Indonesia
    Date
    20th century
    Media category
    Textile
    Materials used
    cotton, metallic thread; supplementary warp weave
    Dimensions
    106.0 x 81.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    251.2000
    Copyright
    © Copyright reserved

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  • About

    The plaid or chequered skirtcloth, combined with a collarless white shirt and black cap was generally regarded as standard dress throughout Islamic Southeast Asia, the skirtcloth only recently being replaced by trousers. The spread of chequered designs, particularly throughout Southeast Asia, may be in large part attributed to Islam and the desire for a lack of ostentation in dress. This textile, with its distinctive purple and orange design, is embellished with a subtle border of gold at the hem and rectangular-shaped motifs over the body of the cloth.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications