Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
Sometimes the beauty contained within a subject is so deep and limitless that the soul is never satisfied no matter how long one beholds it. There is always one more angle, one more view that is waiting to be discovered! One could sit for hours doing nothing other than soaking in the parts and the whole.
One such object of beauty is presented below: An exquisitely woven, perfectly preserved textile meant to be used as a headcloth by Batak Shamans.
These dozen photos are not enough to showcase all of its elements – even a dozen more might not suffice!
A closer look reveals rows of interlaced diamonds …
And a closer look still reveals that the diamonds at the centre are larger than the diamonds towards the edges of the textile.
Who was the mind that conceived & created this complex work of art!!
Without any tools of CAD-CAM – and only a rustic loom made of wood to assist the imagination.
Salute to that Batak genius!!