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Title

man's textile

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The people of Roti were among the first in the Indonesian archipelago to trade exclusively with the Dutch East India Company. The silk 'patola' cloth from India was one of the items traded, although this highly sought after cloth was only awarded to the highest of rulers or regents. When the Company went bankrupt in 1800 and 'patola' cloth became rare, the nobility adopted 'patola' motifs for their own 'ikat' cloth. This Rotinese 'ikat' textile is one such example of the influence of the Indian 'patola' on Southeast Asian textile traditions.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Roti Indonesia


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

handspun cotton, natural dyes; warp 'ikat'


Dimensions

155.0 x 68.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

278.2000



Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Handwoven textiles of South-East Asia, Singapore, 1988.

Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.