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Ceremonial cloth ('geringsing sanen empeg')

20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Tenganan Bali Indonesia
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, natural dyes; double 'ikat'
    21.6 x 219.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

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

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  • About

    'Geringsing' cloths are particular to the village of Tenganan in east Bali. The overall design, structure and the double 'ikat' technique of patterning present in this 'geringsing' recall the important 'patola' which originated in India and was brought to Indonesia as a trade cloth. This ceremonial cloth is decorated with the design known as 'si gading' which refers to the geometric motif set within checked squares. It is used by men and may have originally been used as a man's loincloth, later being associated with notions of potency. They are predominantly used at ceremonies connected with martial or exorcistic activities and are also regarded as gifts worthy of the gods. It is relevant to note that the warp threads of this 'geringsing' are still intact as once the warp threads have been severed, the 'geringsing' are restricted to human use generally those marking rites of passage.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication