Threads Of Life

Parrots and Lychee Fruit

Dayak Ritual Bidang

IDR 4,285,714

Item Code: T02.KL.SN.XXXX.036

Kain Bidang is an single panel ikat woven textile made by the Dayak Desa women in the Sintang area of West Kalimantan. A bidang is a single panel textile that is then opened and sewn into a tubular skirt whereas a kain bidang is left as an open single textile. Kain bidang will be used for ceremonies upon which offerings are placed or it may wrap an offering. The mordanting process to achieve the red dye is complex as it requires many different plants from the forest and must be performed with a ritual. The Dayak textiles have always been highly regarded for their unique designs, many of which were originally woven from dreams.

The motifs on this textile is called burung bayan, lensat and tiang kebuk. Burung bayan refers to parrots, of which Kalimantan and the rest of Indonesia have many different species. The second pattern lensat refers to the langsat fruit, which is similar to the lychee in size and texture of the flesh. For the Dayak Desa people the langsat fruit is not simply for eating, but also a symbol of family and kinship. The other pattern tiang kebuk refers to a pole or pillar that is perforated. Before screws and nails were introduced, rope and pegs were used to build houses. Once a pole, or tiang, has had a hole punched through it, a peg is pushed through the hole, which becomes a sort of linchpin upon which ropes are tied to. Multiple ropes may be tied to a single tiang and are used to support and strengthen the house.

This piece is stunning as a wall hanging or as a table cloth.

Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, commercial cotton, single panels, twisted fringe, natural dyes. Ikat, tied, dyed and woven in Sintang, Kalimantan, 2021.
175 x 59 cm / 69 x 23 in

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