Balinese Textiles by Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff,

By Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Urs Ramseyer

Originally released in 1991, in organization with the Museum der Kulturen, Basel.
This electronic variation released 2012

In this superbly illustrated e-book, 3 specialists learn the heritage, creation and makes use of of textiles in Balinese society. Many high-quality items are awarded, their uncooked fabrics and techniques of weaving and dyeing are defined, and the advanced symbolism and formality services of every are defined intimately.

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This removal work is contracted out as homework, usually to boys who work part-time while they are still attending school. There are five women weavers working at home in Sidemen for this manufactory—married women over 25 years of age who already have large families and cannot absent themselves from home for the whole day. The manufactory has still not acquired the cold, impersonal atmosphere of a proper factory, and a great deal is still informal. One weaving woman sometimes brings her little son with her to work when she has no one to leave him with.

14 (following pages): Princely songket outer hip cloth. Gold andsilver threads on silk. Buleleng, c. 1900. 142 x 116 cm. MEB IIc 19967. 4 8 CHAPTER THREE Extremely delicate songket textiles with tiny lozenges and stars almost completely covering the surface of a hip cloth, or arranged in multicolored strips on breast cloths, were once woven in the puri of Tabanan and Kerambitan, Stylistically, they recall more vividly than any other Balinese textiles the songket from Aceh and Palembang in Sumatra, Whereas in the past almost every member of a princely family knew how to weave songket, the tradition has now almost died out In Belayu, a small village near the town of Tabanan, however, the weaving of songket continues to flourish, Songket fabrics from Klungkung show close affinities with those of Karangasem.

The first of these vassals was the Brahman Sri Krsna Kapakisan, who setup a court in Samprangan, near Gianyar. Because of his role as a temporal leader, Kapakisan changed his caste to that of a ksatria and became the progenitor of the Ksatria Dalem, who still point with pride to their Brahmanic origins. The Javanese imperial administrators who held sway over Bali at that time were members of a somewhat lower stratum of the ksatria caste, namely the Ksatria Jawa—or, as their descendants still call themselves today, the Arya.

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