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What is this Figurative Weft Ikat?

Any idea?

Nearly 5 metres long this textile has motifs of boats, people, animals and unrecognisable creatures.

Acquired from a late Canadian collector who acquired it from the Indonesian archipelago in the ’70s.

In my searches in the few books I have on Indonesian textiles and on the web, I could not find the horizontal story format.

Am hoping a knowledgeable reader will enlighten all of us.

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Here is a video of the long textile.

One of the scenes depicting a man on a white animal has a ceremonial canopy or umbrella with yellow accents and this signifies nobility.

This is clearly a cultural textile and more than just art.

So am looking forward to understanding the rest of the stories hidden within this piece!

Aug 2019

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