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 geometric pattern in supplementary weft on silk. Patola-inspired floral-patterned ends nicely complement the angles of the central pattern. From the early 20thc.; condition is fragile with numerous repairs and tears; priced accordingly.
Size: 115″ x 13.25″