Tabby weave, weft ikat; silk
Overall: 90.2 x 205.7 cm (35 1/2 x 81 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1925.118
The silk wefts of this textile were resist dyed with a design of elephants, temples, large tigers (?), sacred trees, and humans before the textile was woven. Both the weft-ikat technique and the motifs reveal the influence of Indian textiles, particularly patola. The dark reddish-maroon color of the ground, however, was not produced by over-dyeing, as in India and Bali, but by the combination of red wefts with black warps. This silk was made to serve as a wall hanging or ceiling canopy in a Buddhist temple.
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