The Bataks are ethnic groups predominantly found in Northern Sumatra Indonesia. Ulos is the traditional cloth of the Bataks.
Suitable as wall hanging, throw, bed cover, blanket and as a shawl or wrap. Can be used for soft furnishings too.
Perfect for the vintage textile lover. Great for boho and eclectic style interior decor as well as the modern contemporary look.
▪︎Approximately 246cm x 72cm (97" x 28.5")
▪︎This piece is approximately 70 years old and as with any vintage items there are signs of wear and tear, dirt marks and repair attempts.
▪︎Handwash only in natural soap or detergent for delicates.
Have been cleaned.
Different kinds of ulos have different ceremonial significance. They are traditionally hand woven and in the case of higher-quality examples are significant family heirlooms, to be worn at important events, such as funerals, weddings or birth of a child.
This piece is called Ulos Sitolu Tuho, worn by both men and women. Women would wear it as a head covering (in picture) while the men would sling it over the shoulder. It is also given as a gift to a new bride and groom by their parents.
The cloth is woven with clusters of light indigo ikat zig zag in middle panel bordered by a solid darker shade panel on either side. Across each clusters of zig zag patterns are beautiful, striking stripes of supplementary weft float in cotton and gold metal threads woven in geometric patterns.
This contrasting supplementary weft has created such beautiful juxtaposition of complimentary colours and an unusual illusion of stripes floating in and out of the pale blue ikat pattern, demonstrating a careful planning of a highly skilled weaver.