An image of headcloth

Unknown Artist

headcloth

Location
Not on display
Further information

This headcloth is most likely to be associated with fertility. Woven in earth tones and heightened with blue, the geometric design on the end panels incorporates an elongated triangular motif symbolising the male principle, whilst the diamond design in the central section of this cloth represents the female principle. Textiles bearing this male-female design are used in rites by peasant farmers to secure an abundant harvest.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Place of origin
North Sumatra, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Batak
Year
20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
handspun cotton, natural dyes; twill weave with supplementary weft design at centre and at ends
Dimensions
42.2 x 220 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
242.2000
Copyright
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