Temple hanging

This textile known as 'lamak' is woven in the supplementary weft technique. It has yellow, white and cream decoration on red handspun cotton with motifs of Dewi Sri (or cili, the rice goddess), butterflies and bird. The lamak are used in Balinese temple ceremonies as temple-door decorations or hung as banners from tall poles. The most common design combines the ancient circle motif with a stylised hour-glass triangle representing Dewi Sri.

Indigenous Name
lamak
Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Bali
Dimension
Gross measurement: H:77.5 (w/o tessels) x W:26.5 (w/o tessels), Object size: H:86.3 (w tessels) x W:48.0 (w tessels)
Accession No.
T-0982
Material
cotton
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Textiles