The 'sarita', a distinctive type of sacred textile (maa’) amongst the Toraja people of Sulawesi, were used in various ways: they were flown from tall bamboo poles before the house of a dead person, or wrapped around the head of the wooden effigy representing the dead. The 'sarita' is also significant technically because the designs were obtained by a resist process that must have resembled batik.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, July 2006
cotton, indigo dyes; paste resist dyeing
32.0 x 597.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Not on display
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Shown in 1 exhibition
Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006
Referenced in 2 publications
Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Handwoven textiles of South-East Asia, Singapore, 1988.
Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990, 368-369.