Image: Balinese Textile E44792C

Balinese Textile E44792C

This double Ikat - gringsing - was made in about 1932 in the village of Tenganan, East Bali, acquired from Theo Meier in 1938. Size c. 115x42 cm.


Stan Florek
© Australian Museum


This double Ikat gringsing is a ceremonial textile dated to about 1932. Textiles of this type and design are made only in the village of Tenganan, East Bali, and are used in the special ceremonies of that village. The gringsing is a highly valued textile for ritual use and is considered one to the most important and magical textiles in Balinese culture.

This ikat was made by the intricate process in which hand-spun woven cotton is coloured in indigo and maroon natural dyes. The threads are tie-dyed to apply different colours to their different sections. The threads are then woven using a hand loom. The pattern with fish-scale motif covers the entire surface. Such pattern application is called isi or putra isi.


Ikat – the word, borrowed from the Indonesian language, describes the method of weaving that uses dyed threads to produce coloured patterns, as well as the type of fabric made in this process.


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