Unknown Artist

Banner (roto)

Other titles:
Toraja Banner
Not on display
Further information

The Toraja display this type of sacred banner at ceremonial events such as funerals and feasts. The banners are decorated using the plangi technique, which involves areas of the cloth being tied with dye-resistant fibres before dyeing (tie-dyeing). Typical colours include red, indigo blue, and maroon, the latter produced by dyeing blue over red. Such banners have a grid-like design of diamonds, dots, and spots. These may represent the sun and stars. The Toraja also paint these spotted designs onto bark-cloth shirts that cannot be tie-dyed. In addition to being used for ceremonies, these cloths are traded with neighbouring groups, such as the Sa’dan Toraja.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 2011

Place of origin
Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Rongkong Toraja culture
early 20th century
machine-woven, tie-dyed cotton
376.0 x 82.0 cm (irreg.)
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
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