This beautifully decorated red, white and black beaded trapping features a central band of repeated and paired S-shaped motifs, which is common to many parts of Southeast Asia. The coins decorating this trapping give the date 1945 and date to Dutch rule. It is most likely to have been included amongst the possessions of a noble family.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
beadwork on cotton stitched to leather with tassled and beaded edging strung on timber frame and decorated with shells and coins
94.0 x 10.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Not on display
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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.