Story Cloths of Bali

Viewing each embroidery, one after the other, gave me an almost ecstatic feeling. Here in vibrant colors were depicted the gods, goddesses, kings, demons, warriors and sages of the two great Indian epics-the Mahabharata and the Ramayana-previously known to me only through books, paintings, and dance/dramas. Here they were, representations of characters both elegant and crude, in intricate stitching threads of every color imaginable, and decorations of sequins, beads, mirror glass, and gold threads. These embroideries seemed to represent an entire cosmos of the seen and imagined universe-a captivating, mythological world brought forth on cotton cloth. (Fischer, xiv)

The VRC has cataloged 27 images from Story Cloths of Bali. These are available to the SCAD community in the Digital Image Database with an active MySCAD log-in.

Images clockwise from top-left:

Ider-ider. Indian/Balinese. 40 x 227 cm.

Ider-ider hanging from the eaves of a roof. (c.1995). Indian/Balinese.

Lamak. Indian/Balinese. Silk threads, gimp, and sequins. 31 x 82 cm.

Shadow Puppet. Indian/Balinese. Water buffalo hide and horn. 6 x 17 cm.

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