Geringsing Pat LikurDouble Ikat Sacred Textile
In the Balinese village of Tenganan Pergerinsingan, geringsing has become synonymous with double-ikat. Double-ikat is the demanding process whereby warp and weft threads are ikat dyed independently, then precisely and accurately woven such that motifs coincide to create the patterns in the finished cloth.
Geringsing literally means “sing against gering sickness”. The textiles are said to be magically protective and are used during ceremonies for the ancestors and gods as well as in ceremonies for humans. With an uncut warp such as this would be used only for ceremonies for the Divine Ancestor. If a warp is cut, an offering is made, allowing the cloth to move from the dimension of the Divine to the human level where it can be used for human ceremonies.
All double ikat textiles are made with white salvages that clearly demarcate the boundary that holds the energy of the motif within. If a salvage is torn – the textile is believed to be emptied of its power and not used for rituals.
The motif on this double ikat textile is locally called a dogs’ molar. Names and meanings are held as village secrets which a person within Tenganan only understands after going through the 1 year ashram studies that all young people of age must undertake. Some say the motif is said to represent a plan view of a Candi or shrine with each of the four entrances guarded by a scorpion.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Double ikat, single panel, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Bali, 2017.
236 x 62 cm / 93 x 24.5 in