Woman's ceremonial shoulder cloth (geringsing, selendang)

Indonesia (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
1900–25


Object Place: Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia

Dimensions

Overall: 177.8 x 22 cm (70 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.471

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain-weave, warp and weft yarn resist-dyed (double ikat, geringsing)

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Long, rectangular reddish-brown (mengkudu), indigo blue-black and natural ecru cotton cloth with long, twisted warp fringe on each end. The primary design, created by the double ikat technique, is of repeating, stylized floral and star motifs interspersed with small, simple crosses.

Geringsing cloth is considered one of the most important ceremonial textiles in Bali, representing the concept of territorial, bodily and spiritual purity

Provenance

1927, sold by P. Enserinck to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 8, 1927)

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund