Originally worn only by those of the high caste and nobility, songket textiles are highly prized by the Balinese. This old and hard to find ceremonial breastcloth, or ‘curare’, was made in Buleleng (please see p.46-7, Balinese Textiles, Periplus Editions). Woven on backstrap looms, these textiles were made by women in their homes. Artificial gold and silver-wrapped threads form the rich pattern of rectangles composed of contrasting triangles in supplementary weft on silk. From the early 20thc.; condition is very fragile with numerous repairs and tears; priced accordingly.
Size: 78″ x 12.5″