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The Balinese use miles of this traditional textile known as kain kotak, a checked fabric that plays an important role in their ceremonial life.

Kain is cloth and kotak means box, reflecting the checkered pattern that results from the weave of the different coloured threads.

In this case, those threads feature the three most important colours for Balinese Hindus, the Tri Datu representing the three gods of the universe - red for Brahma, white for Siwa (Shiva) and black for Wisnu (Vishnu).

Each check is 4cm square. I have a 1 meter length of the fabric with a 5cm square pattern. Please convo me if you prefer that one.

I also have a smaller box pattern in the same colours, and Bali's emblematic traditional textile, the black and white checked kain poleng, both of which you can see in my Textiles and trim section here -

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indounik?section_id=7349438

AT A GLANCE
Size: Approx 1.15 meters (L) x 1 meter (W) or about 45.5 inchs (L) x 39 inchs (W)
Pattern size: 4cm square
Weight: Approx 126 grams
Colour: Red (merah), white (putih), black (hitam)
Material: Kain kotak woven fabric - I believe it's a cotton polyester blend
Shipping: This item will ship from Bali via Pos Indonesia registered mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly have to sign for the package upon delivery. Unfortunately, the cost of shipping is higher than the cost of the fabric. I combine shipping with other items if you see that as a way to get value for money. Please convo me for more info.
Extra info: This item is ready to ship. If you want longer lengths, please convo me.

BACK STORY
Like so many elements of Balinese life, textiles such as kain kotak and kain poleng - a black and white checked fabric - are offerings to the gods.

They often adorn sacred rocks and trees, as seen in my final photo.

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“We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher, Liberal US Congregational minister, 1813-1887
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Balinese Kain Kotak Traditional Textile 1 meter

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Overview

  • Material: cotton polyester blend
  • Ships worldwide from Ubud, Indonesia
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