Funerary cloth

The rectangular panels of this sacred cloth, known as ‘sarita’, depict geometric patterns, as well as scenes showing men leading buffalo. Such sacred cloths were used during funerals of high-ranking people to cover the chest of the dead and were also worn as a head wrapper by ceremonial leaders. This textile is made by a resist dyeing process similar to batik. Toraja textiles are rich in variety and reflect knowledge of different techniques such as ikat weaving, surface patterning and the use of imported beads.

Late 19th-early 20th century
Toraja, Sulawesi
Object size: L332 x W35.5 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng