AgalEndek Weft Ikat
Located off the east coast of Bali, Nusa Penida is the largest of the three islands found across in the Badung Strait. The dry, craggy, limestone landscape is difficult to farm. Until recently, a coastline of sheer cliffs dropping into the Indian Ocean has made the island difficult to access. Believed to be the legendary home of the powerful demon, Jero Gede Mecaling, Nusa Penida has an enigmatic reputation as an origin point of magic in Bali.
Nusa Penida remains among the few places in Bali where traditional dyeing and unique weaving techniques continue to survive. Its cotton weft ikat textiles of Bali are a rarity in Indonesia, where weft ikat agal features a crab motif which is found in the fields after the short rainy season on this small island. When farmers see the crab they know it is time to begin to plant their crops. Indicators from nature such as this are important to all indigenous communities.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Weft ikat, two panels stitched together, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Made in Nusa Penida, 2021.
188 x 110 cm / 74 x 43.5 in