The traditional Balinese village of Tenganan Pergerinsingan is renowned for its geringsing, which is created with a demanding double-ikat process. The warp and weft threads are ikat dyed independently, then precisely and accurately woven so motifs coincide to create the patterns in the finished cloth.
Said to be magically protective, “gering” means sickness and “sing” means against. The textiles are used during ceremonies honoring ancestors and gods, as well as humans. An uncut warp such as this is reserved for ceremonies for the divine. If a warp is cut an offering is made, allowing the cloth to move from the divine realm to the human realm. The motif, cemplong, is an old design found on Indian tradecloths that were used as currency during the spice trade in Indonesia.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Double ikat, single panel, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Tenganan, Bali, 2015. Size 170 x 43 cm / 67 x 17 in
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