An image of Waistcloth; shouldercloth

Unknown Artist

Waistcloth; shouldercloth

Location
Not on display
Further information

This beautifully patterned silk weft ikat is intricately dyed in red, blue, yellow and green to create a pattern of eight-petalled lotuses surrounded by curling foliage and smaller flower motifs. The ends of this cloth are bordered by fluid triangular designs, described as a bamboo shoot motif, bordered by smaller eight-petalled flowers derived from the exotic mangosteen fruit. The central field design of this cloth reflects the influence of Indian 'patola' textile patterns where the eight-petalled flower motif is a metaphor for the cosmos.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Place of origin
Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Malay people
Year
20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
silk, natural dyes; weft 'ikat'
Dimensions
106.0 x 244.8 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
241.2000
Copyright
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