Even ordinary people ponder over subjects like legacy. I spend a significant number of thoughts on who should inherit my beautiful things such as my saris to ensure that they live on. But this subject is peripheral to my life and does not take up more than 5 minutes of my time per annum.\nFor royalty however, the inheritance of the throne and the kingdom are factors that are of paramount importance in structuring their life strategies.\u00a0 Epic wars are fought between brothers for such inheritances. And not just death, even life\u00a0 revolves around this subject as wives are selected keeping in mind the genetics of heirs that will be born through the marriage.\nProcreation, therefore, is perhaps one of the most important responsibilities of royalty.\nFor, in doing so, they fulfill their duty to their ancestors.\nSo this obligation of\u00a0 carrying on the lineage is awarded recognition by building little ceremonies to elevate the status of the various processes and elements involved.\nAnd ceremonies demand beautiful things that create an enhanced sensory experience. And that brings us to the subject that is of interest to textile addicts!\nWhile many ceremonial textiles exist, the most unexpected of these, is the decorated cloths for the royal loins.\nSeen in the National Museum of Colombo, these royal loin cloths, created with beautifully woven cotton were called Diyakacchi.\nWhile these\u00a0 were common in the region and the rest of the Indian peninsula until a few decades ago, the common man wore plain ones in handwoven cotton.\nThese highly decorated ones were created especially for royalty to be worn during bathing.\nPresenting some loin cloths used by royalty and elite \u2013 from the museum in Colombo.\nRoyal Loin Cloth #1\nA Rare Diyakacci with 10 verses of Subhasitaya sewn onto the base cloth.\n\nLoin Cloth #2\nA rare design with shorts attached.\n\nLoin Cloth #3 \n\n\u00a0\nThrough this first exposure to Sri Lankan textiles, am beginning a new journey of exploration!\n\u00a0\njm\nMay 2016\nAll the pieces shown above are from the National Museum of Colombo, Sri Lanka\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Royal Loin Cloths of Ceylon appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.