Woman's ceremonial shoulder or breast cloth (geringsing, geringsing wayang kebo, selendang, anteng)

Indonesian (Balinese)
Dutch colonial rule
late 19th to early 20th century


Object Place: Tenganan, Bali, Indonesia

Dimensions

242 x 52 cm (95 1/4 x 20 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

21.665

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Long, rectangular blue-black (indigo), natural ecru and violet-red cotton cloth with uncut warp fringe. The main design elements, created by the double ikat technique, consist of seated, stylized human figures arranged around a central star-shaped temple motif.

Geringsing cloth is considered one of the most important ceremonial textiles in Bali, representing the concept of territorial, bodily and spiritual purity. Geringsing wayang, which features figures from classic literature and theater, is particularly revered as a ritual cloth made originally only for the courts of Bali and East Java. And, if the warp threads remain uncut, geringsing patterned with wayang figures is considered a fitting gift to the gods who may wear them as garments.

Provenance

1921, purchased by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (b. 1887 - d. 1947) for the MFA. (Accession date: April 7, 1921)

Credit Line

Marianne Brimmer Fund