Antiques on main stocks a range of good & textiles sourced in Indonesia. Ikat from the islands of Sulawesi, Sumba, Flores, Roti, Tanimbar & Sawu. Batik from Java and Sulawesi. From Bali, in particular, we feature which serve various religious functions for the Balinese Hindu people. Balinese Hinduism is the predominant religion of the island. The cloths depict scenes from the great Indian Hindu sagas such as the Ramayana.
Ikat & Songket.
Batik. Please be tolerant. Lots to images to upload.
Bali Story Cloths.
The first Balinese painters were puppet painters, a skill which evolved over time to include painting figures on cloth according to well-established iconographic rules. Often called wayang-style paintings because the figures resembled shadow puppet characters, these formalized traditional “story cloths” (sulaman) related scenes from Balinese myths and the great Mahabharata and Ramayana epics. In other words, the same enchanting stories depicted on the cloths are also acted out in Indonesian and Balinese wayang kulit shows.
Presented as offerings and as ritual decorations in temples, household ancestor shrines, and village ceremonial buildings, specialists in these unique narrative art forms were commissioned by the kings, princes, and temple councils of courtly centers such as Gianyar, Tabanan, Sanur, Bangli, Singaraja, and Karangasem. These noblemen loaned each other artists, in this way spreading art all over the island.
The early Hinduized Balinese produced six main types of embroidered cloths. Ider-ider were cotton scroll paintings in the shape of banners, usually about two meters long and 30 cm wide, hung under the eaves of shrines during festivals. Another type, Langse, were large rectangular pieces of painted cloth, up to 15 meters long and four meters wide, that were suspended from puri pavilions or used as curtains or room dividers to partition off areas of the temple.
Both the Ider-ider and Langse were religious narrative paintings characterized by a flat, stiff, formal style — a serial representation of people, gods, and demons painted according to strict traditional formulae and lacking emotion. Yet other types of traditional paintings were Tabing, square or rectangular embroideries or paintings, and Lamak, small ritual offering cloths. Small flags, usually featuring Naga creatures are termed Umbul-umbul. Lastly a form of cloth temple cover,in essence a ceiling ornament were called Langit-langit .In Bahasa Indonesia “langit” is Sky.
The characters occupied a world of Hindu gods, demons, princes and princesses dressed in the ancient attire of Hindu Javanese times. Quaint but rather uninspiring, the paintings’ purpose was to instill moral and ethical values by teaching laws of adat and religious custom. As the art forms evolved, however, more popular everyday scenes from Balinese life crept into the paintings, as well as supernatural and magic themes and funny and whimsical characters and clowns from Balinese folklore.
As just a few of the many examples of Balinese artistic expression, these colorful, delicate and lively forms of traditional paintings offer insight into the long tradition of story telling in Bali while reminding us that ancient universal themes of morality, man versus nature, and the triumph over adversity can be just as significant today.
Sumatran Chinese Temple Banner. On silk, this comes from a temple, which was dedicated to Goddess of Mercy in Sumartra, Indonesia, This temple was built in about Qing Tao-kuang (1821 – 1850 years) by Palembang Chinese. We sold this to the TUGU Hotel Group, Indonesia. SOLD
Suzani from Uzbekistan.
Tapa. Bast Textiles.
Antiques on Main also feature a large range of old from Polynesia & Melanesia, more commonly known as Tapa cloth. In particular from Fiji, from Samoa and from Tonga. Also tapa from Papua New Guinea’s Sepik Valley.