By Brigitta Hauser-Schaublin, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff, Urs Ramseyer

Originally released in 1991, in organization with the Museum der Kulturen, Basel.
This electronic version released 2012

In this superbly illustrated publication, 3 specialists research the heritage, construction and makes use of of textiles in Balinese society. Many high quality items are awarded, their uncooked fabrics and strategies of weaving and dyeing are defined, and the complicated symbolism and formality services of every are defined intimately.

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To make sure the ritual purity of where, the choices are laid on a cepuk, an previous checked fabric with a black flooring and a purple heart box (kamben sara), in addition to on white-and-yellow materials unfold one over the opposite. In one other village in Tabanan, it used to be the customized to drape white textile and hand-spun strands of cotton round the male, and a cepuk round the girl taman bebangkit. This couple, developed of sugarcane stalks and coloured rice truffles, is a symbolic illustration of the cosmos—the international and the planets—and is displayed at temple gala's devoted to the goddess Durga and the underworld kala demons. determine eight. thirteen (above): Performer personifying Rangda with cepuk as wraparound skirt, presently sooner than the start of a Calon Arang drama. South Tabanan. The use to which a cepuk is placed at a temple competition at the Bukit peninsula of Bali is very striking. After disorder had struck a number of contributors of his relations and his enterprise used to be in a nasty means, a wealthy lodge owner of Denpasar recalled an oath on which his father had reneged, and so, on the anniversary competition of the well-known Pura Luhur Uluwatu temple, he donated a caru agung delivering with a purpose to mollify and propitiate the demons of the underworld. This was once an oblation of the very maximum point and, in addition to numerous sacrificial choices, it incorporated a kerbau (water buffalo) lined via a cepuk fabric. determine eight. 14 (above right): transitority shrine with Barong Ket and Rangda mask, hung with cepuk cloths, at a melis ritual by means of the ocean. South Bali, north of Legian. similarly, the entire ladies wearing the symbols in their ancestors at the get together of a huge purification rite (mukur) in Denpasar needed to stroll over a caru agung supplying containing a kerbau (water buffalo) coated with an outdated cepuk fabric (Fig. eight. 10). ailing CEPUK simply as black-and-white checked poleng cloths are linked to the large Barong Landung masked figures of the netherworld (see bankruptcy 7), cepuk cloths are at all times attached with the amazing and fearsome determine of Rangda. As in villages all alongside the southern coast of Bali, an annual occasion is widely known in a village north of Legian ahead of Nyepi, the 1st day of the saka 12 months, while the entire gods are borne from the village temples to the ocean in an excellent melis procession. the aim is to purify every one village and to protect it opposed to the dire impacts of Ratu Gede Mas Mecaling and his demon hordes from Nusa Penida. Represented with the others are the large Barong Landung and in addition the mask of Barong Ket, the Rangdas and different demons of the netherworld whose power is to be replenished and made use of. Small transitority shrines, wonderfully adorned with golden cloths and bobbing sprays of leaves, are borne on sporting frames through dozens of guys (see Fig. eight. 14). the following should be visible a Barong Ket with its head veiled; contained in the shrines and out of determine eight. 15: Rangda instructs a scholar in witchcraft (sisia). Gianyar, Saba. 112 bankruptcy 8 113 CEPUK sight are the Rangda mask and mask of different netherworld gods hid in the back of a fluttering curtain of cepuk which provides safety from their demonic forces.

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