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silk, cotton, ochres, 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 technique, creating subtle bands of graduating colour. Hues of apricot, green and purple merge across the surface. The centre of the woven design features a large purple rectangle with a brown border with blurred edges created by the ikat technique. At the centre of the work is a small square of silk hand stitched to the hanging and embellished with a painted pattern of scalloping, using ochres and clay. Around the outside are rows of purple stitches radiating around the edge of the square. The square is covered by a fine sand-coloured gauze piece and again by a smaller ochre gauze roundel, embellished with a concentric pattern in running stitch of gold metallic thread. The work finishes with a deep fringe, with ikat dyed threads in apricot, green and mauve, which is knotted at the base. The hanging is lined with black silk and the artist's signature in Japanese characters is stamped in red on a small cotton square, which is adhered to the lining at the lower right corner. The top edge of the textile has a casing which holds a black wooden rod for display.