Ceremonial Wallhanging ‘Tirai’
‘Tirai’ are decorative valances that originated in India and were brought to Indonesia through trade. Hung on walls, across windows and doors, or in one area of a room to form a special space, they are usually in this format, with tongue-like appendages hanging from the lower edge. This charming piece includes old beads and sequins, couched embroidery and traditional motifs in felt on wool and cotton. It is probably darker than originally due to a layer of soot-like color. Not as opulent as some, it has a folk art quality, unusual colors and pleasing simplicity.
Size: 45.75 in. wide x 16.5 in. high