Balinese geringseng (double ikat); handspun cotton with rich, dark burgundy dye; long banner depicting sitting individuals; wrapped threads at each end; some repairs, including small patches, otherwise fine condition
Island: Bali (Tenganang)
Circa: late 1920
This weaving has a number of “holes” throughout the body of the textile. A close examination shows that the holes are carefully cut pieces that would be consistent with an often cited usage of geringseng textiles: that if a tea were made of a small piece of the weaving, that tea could restore health to a sick individual. The writer considers this a genuine, culturally-intact and significant Balinese weaving.