The Magical Geringsing Cloth of Bali

There is a technique of weaving that is only created in a few places in the world. You could say it is endangered; a process that is time-consuming in an unimaginable way. The fabled ‘double’ Ikat. The process of tied and dyed warp AND weft threads carefully entwined to create a complex pattern, even in this day and age of computers, is inconceivable.

Most famously made in India and Japan there is an Indonesian version called the Geringsing cloth, believed to be sacred and empowered with protective properties. On my trip last year I was luck enough to visit a village called Tenganan near Ubud on the Island of Bali where these cloths are still made. An extraordinary place teeming with cloth of every type but it’s the Geringsing that really counts. Typically woven in naturally dyed indigo blues and burnt umber browns and oranges these cloths are made to be hung on the wall but also are worn on special occasions such as weddings. Although they weren’t my favourite textiles that I saw in Indonesia I found the earthy integrity of them intriguing; undeniable that they’re loose mesh fibres held something far beyond their apparent warp and weft threads.

Thanks to Tall Thin Man for some of the pictures…

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About Ptolemy Mann

Ptolemy Mann is a textile artist, designer and architectural colour consultant
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