Nusa Penida Ritual Cloth (Keling )
Nusa Penida is a small island situated south east of Bali. The keling cloth, indigenous to this island, is another example of abstract Indonesian textiles, perhaps the most subtle and austere of them. The cotton warp is of plain indigo while the stripey or checkered design is done with a mix of silk and cotton weft .Red, white,and yellow are usually silk while the blue and black are cotton. Keling cloths were used in birthday ceremonies as well as in demon chasing rites and as gift wraps.
Circa: early 20th century
Origin: Nusa Penida,Indonesia
Material: silk and cotton blend
Condition: very good
Dimensions: 82" x 55"
Inventory number: TX4326