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Pelangi scarf, Bali

Item: Tie-dye silk ceremonial cloth Pelangi scarf, Bali

Size: 12 x 67 in (32 x 171 cm), 50 g

Provenance: Buleleng, Bali Indonesia; 1930-1940s.

Method: Pelangi (tie-dye), tritik (stitch-resist dye), commercial dyes on raw silk.


A raw silk pelangi ceremonial cloth from the principality of Singaraja in north Bali, decorated with lozenges and occasional green bands on a rich claret red ground. Until the last World War, there was limited tie dyeing on raw silk in Bali. After the war, the silk was imported.


The term pelangi means “rainbow” and refers to a type of textile, usually silk, decorated by the tie-dye technique of the same name. This method of creating rectangular or circular spots is often combined with tritik . The pattern is built up from binding small pockets of cloth so that they resist the dye. Silk Pelangi have been made in pre-War II Java, Sulawesi (Celebes), and Bali. After the war the local silk worm industry in Bali collapsed and was replaced by imported silk and cotton and rayon for the tourist market usually in garrish colors. Raw silk Pelangi is a traditional Balinese textile, usually in the form of smaller pieces like shoulder cloths, sashes, breast wrappers, and shrine coverings. They are used for rituals or ceremonial occasions.


Many small holes

Item code: txtl0220 - SOLD