This royal sarong is a sumptuous textile woven in a checked design which gained popularity with the influence of Islam. It would have been woven in two long, narrow sections, probably on a body tension loom, which was later stitched together. The design utilises the familiar motif of eight-petal lotus and eight-pointed star, a reference to the directions of space and notions of the cosmos influenced by ideas coming from India.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000
silk, natural dyes, metallic thread; supplementary weft weave
167.0 x 106.3 cm (irreg.)
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Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Not on display
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Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Unknown, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.