Tenganan villages, East Bali, Indonesia
Double ikat, handspun cotton, natural dyes, 2010
Anne and John Summerfield Textile Study Collection
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross
This is a very standard, conventionalized geringsing double ikat in its dye colors and motif composition but its small size marks it as the sort of geringsing that brokers are also happy to sell to tourists today in the geringsing weaving villages of Tenganan (these include several settlements, all near the core cosmic village of Tenganan Pegeringsingan). Today, some actual weaving of these cloths is done outside this core village, though all of the design work and tying of the threads is done there. This geringsing’s central motif is taken from a type with the name, Geringsing lubeng. Each major type of geringsing has a special name.