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Ceremonial Shoulder Cloth (2006)
  • Dyed by Ngurah Hendrawan
  • Woven by Ni Nyoman Seru
  • Ampel village, Nusa Penida, Bali
  • Slit-tapestry
  • Cotton, natural dyes
  • 45 x 190 cm. (18 x 75 in)
  • Code # T.BL.NP.054
Planting corn among the stones of Nusa Penida
The weavers of Nusa Penida, a small, rocky island off the coast of Bali, once specialized in unusual textiles called rangrang. Unlike most weaving techniques, rangrang does not use a single, continuous weft thread.
Instead, thick bundles of wefts create interlocking zig-zag or diamond patterns, and small empty spaces are incorporated into the design. This style of weaving is known as slit-tapestry. When Threads of Life first met Ni Nyoman Seru, she was one of a dwindling number of weavers who still produced rangrang textiles, and the technique was slowly disappearing. Threads of Life asked Ibu Seru for some new rangrang pieces, and provided her with naturally dyed thread. Since receiving the commissions, Ibu Seru has begun to teach the technique to local young women, and rangrang has started to re-emerge.