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Ikat 'selendang endek', Bali

Item: Ikat ritual cloth, selendang endek

Size: 31 x 97 in (79 x 246 cm), 290 g

Provenance: Bali, Indonesia; mid 20th Century.

Method: Hand woven weft ikat on rayon

Description

This endek is a weft ikat on rayon. Weft ikat is much more tedious to make than warp ikats. The pattern consists of row of diamond shapes containing discreet designs. This is very much like very early endeks.

Use

Originally only the courts wove endeks and only the princely families were allowed to wear them. They wore them on special occasions, using them as wraparounds or shawls. The earliest pieces, dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, were cotton and came from Buleleng in north Bali, which was then an important textile producing area. The patterns started off being mostly geometric shapes, but later other motifs were employed, like animals, flowers, stars and wayang figures. Early endeks were red and then yellow and later green. Until the beginning of the 20th century traditional vegetable dyes were employed. In the 1930s weavers in the villages, outside the courts, started making endeks. Centers of endak production can still be found in Bali's aristocratic and brahmanical neighborhoods.

Condition

About a dozen medium holes. See 'damage detail' pictures below.

Item code txtl0261 - SOLD!