An image of Men's headcloth ('ikat kepala'; 'tengkuluk')

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Men's headcloth ('ikat kepala'; 'tengkuluk')

Location
Not on display
Further information

Headcloths were worn by men throughout coastal Sumatra. This beautiful example of a Palembang headcloth combines a weft ikat ('limar') with a supplementary weft woven in gold thread ('songket'). The central field design is based on a patola pattern - a variation on the eight-petalled lotus design in shades of blue, green, purple, off white and red. This headcloth is indicative of the 'refinement' of dress, social and ritual pursuits, under the influence of Islam.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Place of origin
Palembang, Sumatra, Indonesia
Cultural origin
Malay people
Year
20th century
Media
Textile
Medium
silk, gold metallic thread, natural dyes; weft 'ikat', supplementary weft weave
Dimensions
88.8 x 87.6 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
255.2000
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