Geringsing Wayang CandiCeremonial Cloth
The Bali Aga culture of Tenganan worships the god Indra as the creator of human beings as well as the divine designer of the geringsing. According to legend, Indra came down to sit on a selegui shrub and watch the heavens turn. He bathed in the light of the moon and exalted in the myriad beauty of the stars, reveling in the fantastic images and patterns that revolved before him across the sky. Indra then taught these designs, and the art of making double ikat cloths, to the women of Tenganan. Ever since that time the villagers have woven and worn the geringsing, living according to Indra’s divine will and fulfilling their role as keepers of a land conceived as a microcosm of the universe.
Aside from patola motifs, geringsing cloths often feature designs from wayang kulit, shadow puppet performances whose stories are drawn from the great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The principal performer and storyteller is known as a dalang, who officiates between the worlds of gods and people – hence the gauzy screen and shadowy figures intricately carved out of painted leather. This geringsing cloth features wayang figures around the panel asu or dog molar which is depicted as a four-pointed star motif, portrayed in the distinctive duotone of blue-black and yellow along with the Candi or shrines that are portrayed in this cloth.
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Double Ikat, single panel, open fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Bali, 2014.
254 x 55 cm / 100 x 21.5 in