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Ceremonial cloth (ulos padang rusak?)
Ceremonial cloth (ulos padang rusak?)
Date:
1950–1975
Location:
Not on display
Century:
Media:
Cotton, Metallic Threads; Warp-resist Dyeing (ikat), Supplementary Weft Weave
Dimensions:
181.6 x 102.2 cm (71 1/2 x 40 1/4 in.)
Object Type:
Country:
Continent:
Asia
Culture/People:
Batak
Accession Number:
1981.84.83
Acquisition Date:
1980-12-02
Credit Line:

The Laurens Hillhouse Collection

This is a highly ritual cloth worn by both men and women in ceremonies such as weddings, where the textile is symbolic for the bond between two families, and buffalo sacrifies. The use of metallic threads in supplementary weft patterning is a new development not seen in older pieces. This piece dates to the third quarter of the 20th century.--Itie van hout 7/2004

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