Earth Dyed SudamalaBali Life Cycles
In Bali, each child has four such siblings that manifest physically as the umbilical cord, the water that surrounds the child in the placenta, the white vernix caseosa covering that protects the unborn child’s skin from the constant exposure to amniotic fluid in the womb, and the placenta itself.
After birth all of these “siblings” lose their physical form except the placenta, which is hurriedly buried in the family compound and covered with a stone that is routinely bathed and offered food at the same time as the child is washed and fed.
These sibling spirits remain with the child throughout life and it is to them that prayers are said and offerings are made with each otonan birthday of the physical child. A Balinese will celebrate their oton every 210 days to continue to ensure protection from these sibling spirits.
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Weft ikat, single panel, commercial cotton, hand stitched hemmed edge, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Nusa Penida, Bali, 2021.
230 x 90 cm / 90.5 x 35.5 in