Notes on Culture & Antique Art, Ethnic Decor & Vintage Fashion | Wovensouls Art Gallery
Shoulder Cloth or Ulos of the Batak people
Note the remarkable variety of zigzag patterns that have been used – some are narrow while others are broad, some are shorter than others. Some have twin-peaks others have single peaks, some have filled in diamonds others are simple line drawings.
Very complex weaving!
The selvedge created using undyed cotton sets off the gorgeous maroon guard borders beautifully!
The lovely colors of the supplementary wefts in the bands at the ends, complement the maroon and slate grey field.
Such Batak textiles are no longer being made and antique pieces such as these hardly ever come up for sale.
Minor signs of wear and a few repairs.
160cm x 63cm
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.