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silk, fibre reactive dyes and napthol dyes; batik
288.0 × 101.0 cm
Accession Number
Australian Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1999
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Large textile hanging, which incorporates batik, machine embroidery and applique. The silk ground cloth is woven in a grid pattern, formed with alternating squares of sheer and dense raw silk fibres. This grid pattern is in two sizes with the various pieces joined to form the length. The surface is decorated with batik, using fibre reactive and Napthol dyes in black, blue, orange, cream and red, with abstract designs. The hanging is further embellished with a series of criss-crossing lines of zigzag machine embroidery, in yellow and deep purple threads. The selvedge edges are intact along both sides. The top and bottom ends of the textile are prepared with a channel for displaying the work on a dowel.