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Plangi (tie-dyed and stich resist) shawl

20th century


Unknown Artist

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Tie-dyed decorative cloth
    kain nyulam
    Place where the work was made
    Palembang Sumatra Indonesia
    20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    silk, probably synthetic dyes, silver-wrapped yarns
    69.5 x 233.0 cm (irreg.)
    Gift of John Yu, in memory of George Soutter 2012. Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.
    Not on display
    Accession number
  • About

    Colourfully tie-dyed cloths were commonly produced by many cultures in Southeast Asia, such those on the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, and Sulawesi, as well as in Cambodia and the Philippines. Many were used for decorative purposes, as well as ritual ones. The spotted pattern is typical of such textiles, and ideas from northwest India can be seen in the use of the paisley pattern at each end. The entire piece has been embroidered with silver-coloured threads.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, February 2012.