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By Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Urs Ramseyer

Originally released in 1991, in organization with the Museum der Kulturen, Basel.
This electronic variation released 2012

In this superbly illustrated e-book, 3 specialists learn the historical past, creation and makes use of of textiles in Balinese society. Many nice items are awarded, their uncooked fabrics and techniques of weaving and dyeing are defined, and the advanced symbolism and formality features of every are defined intimately.

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7 (opposite): fabric lamak helping decorate an domicile of the gods in a stone temple. South Bali. eight bankruptcy ONE temple fairs, the place they're connected to the abodes of the gods (Fig. 1. 7). this day the most typical type of lamak has a troublesome base trimmed with chinese language kepeng cash and mirrors. those are suspended from shrine niches, whereas underneath them one other palm-leaf lamak, invisible to the observer, serves as an underlay. one other aspect that looks to be of archaic beginning is the fast sleeveless jacket worn this present day by way of the most ritual protagonists in a specific temple pageant close to Denpasar (Fig. 1. 13). even if those jackets glance as though they have been adapted solely from purple, eco-friendly or black fabric (sometimes trimmed with gold ornamentation), they resemble related clothing which are made up of bark fabric in what are often called "Old Indonesian" cultures—as one of the Toraja in South Sulawesi and in addition at the islands of Sumatra and Nias. yet right here back the cloth is of a distinct variety. hid lower than the coloured fabric is a layer of coir fiber which supplies the garments a unique importance. in response to informants, those jackets fall into the class of martial and conflict clothing, and have been occasionally covered with leather-based rather than coir for cover. these in search of patience in cloth varieties and fabrics will regularly meet with such survivals from the previous and facts of neighborhood and local cultural traditions. TEXTILES AS SEMIOTIC indicators determine 1. nine (above left): Tower of cloth choices for a marriage. Nusa Penida. determine 1. 10 (above right): Stone with poleng waist textile. P. Kutri, Buruan. In Bali, textiles are even more than simply cloths from which clothing are made. starting with the yarn itself (benang) and the woven textiles, they seem to be a medium in which the divine nature of the universe and its fabric manifestations are well-known and expressed. the internal spirit 9 THE UNIVERSE ARRAYED of the world—both the flora and fauna and that created via man—expresses reverence and adoration for its construction. it's a global view that doesn't position person guy at its hub, or subordinate its atmosphere to him, yet quite one during which the divine nature of the dwelling global occupies the guts. This view is expressed within the areas and ways that textiles are used. One usually sees, for instance, huge, immense broad-crowned bushes round whose trunks a white or black-and-white checked textile is certain; whereas under it there are vegetation, either clean and pale, and petals from sacrificial choices. One can also see upended stones of a curious form which were draped with a fabric like a wraparound (Fig. 1. 10). those daily tales to an omnipresent divinity seem in the course of ceremonies and annual temple fairs in an excellent extra mentioned and speedy shape. The participants of a procession accompanying the divine figures and emblems to the lines of the gong orchestra are every one embellished and arrayed in festive clothing; the procession itself is led by means of banner providers whose flags and pennants—textiles secured to poles— announce from afar the intense value of this sort of procession.

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