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Island to island IV

silk, cotton, clay, ochres, raffia, metallic thread
171.0 × 63.5 cm
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1998
Gallery location
Not on display
The wallhanging is handwoven with silk thread, hand dyed using the ikat resist dying technique, creating subtle bands of graduating colour. Hues of pink, beige, brown and mauve merge across the surface. The woven design has 'blurred' mauve and beige horizontal stripes producing a framed square in the middle. In the centre, a beige rectangle is adhered to the woven background, finely painted in ochres, grey and beige paint with a random, circular pattern. In the lower left corner is a painted wave pattern in gold highlighted with silver thread. The rectangle is overlayed with a light brown muslin oval piece, adhered and decorated with running stitch in raffia, red silk and silver metallic thread. The work finishes with a deep fringe, with ikat dyed threads in pink, brown and mauve which are knotted at the base. The hanging is lined with cream silk and the artist's signature in Japanese characters is stamped in red on a small white cloth square adhered to the lower left corner of lining. The top edge of the textile has a casing which holds a black wooden rod for display.