Salute the Batak Textile Weaver’s Genius!

June 27, 2016

Sometimes the beauty contained within a subject is so deep and limitless that the soul is never satisfied no matter how long one beholds it. There is always one more angle, one more view that is waiting to be discovered! One could sit for hours doing nothing other than soaking in the parts and the whole.

One such object of beauty is presented below: An exquisitely woven, perfectly preserved  textile meant to be used as a headcloth by Batak Shamans.

Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

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Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

The Selvedge weaving in the end-panels

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Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

The Back – where the maroon & the black are completely invisible

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These dozen photos are not enough to showcase all of its elements – even a dozen more might not suffice!

Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

The Main Body of the textile

A closer look reveals rows of interlaced diamonds …

Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

And a closer look still reveals that the diamonds at the centre are larger than the diamonds towards the edges of the textile.

Antique Batak Shaman's headcloth Texile Weaving

Who was the mind that conceived & created this complex work of art!!

Without any tools of CAD-CAM – and only a rustic loom made of wood to assist the imagination.

Salute to that Batak genius!!

This is part of the WOVENSOULS collection and more images may be seen here.

jm

June 2016

 

 

 

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