Bali, Kain Cepuk
|The Balinese 'kain cepuk' is a sacred cloth done in weft ikat cotton, with the general appearance derived from the silk weft ikat patola cloth traded from Gujarat, India in previous centuries, and held sacred by many island cultures of Indonesia.These examples were collected from a village grandmother in 1984, who reported that they had been 'separated' - split for family members. (Full length kain cepuk can measure 2+ meters). |
The first (on the left) of these is the classic and traditionally most powerful cloth, the kamben cepuk 'cendana kawi'.The next a more idiomatic expression, possibly derived from the kamben cepuk 'padma'.
The third is a strange form of cepuk associated with the care and protection of an infant.
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