Fringed panel

DATE:
Probably early 20th century
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Silk
CLASSIFICATION:
Textiles
DIMENSIONS:
122 1/2 × 21 in. (3 m 11.15 cm × 53.34 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of the Pacific Islands
LOCATION:
Not On View
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, the Steven G. Alpert Collection of Indonesian Textiles, gift of The Eugene McDermott Foundation
OBJECT NUMBER:
1983.86

General Description

This silk panel with purple and cream ikat design is from northern Bali. Most of the ikat textiles from this area are cotton; when silk is used only the weft yarns are tied for the pattern. The repeated design, usually described as a four-point star, was probably inspired by the best known of Balinese textiles, the cotton double ikat cloth called geringsing, on which this same shape is alternated with groups of seated figures. It has been noted that this motif resembles the central axis plan of temple architecture. If the design source were the candi, or temple, which was a visualization of Mount Meru, the sacred mountain and center of the universe in both Hinduism and Buddhism, then the star form with its important center may have had cosmic significance.


Adapted from

Carol Robbins, "Variations on themes: Sumbawa and Bali," Selections from the Steven G. Alpert Collection of Indonesian Textiles (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1984), n.p.