Balinese Traditional Prada Trim Black Flower Motif 20cm x 2 meters

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This Balinese traditional Prada trim is black with a screenprinted gold flower motif, and this listing is for a 2 meter length of the 20cm wide version of it.

The Balinese use miles of prada as it plays an important role in their ceremonial life.

Prada comes as a textile or as trim, in various colours and widths for the many different purposes it must serve, whether it's as "wastra" decorating a shrine, the wrapping of support poles in a bale being used for a ceremony, as the skirt of a tablecloth at a wedding, or as part of a dancer's costume.

The name prada, or sometimes perada, is from the technique used to decorate fabric with gold dust or gold leaf.

Once upon a time, real gold was used in the process but today it's more synthetic stuff. A pattern is screenprinted with an adhesive substance to which the synthetic gold leaf is then adhered.

Prada is often used outdoors and is left in all weather without the gold motif being diminished, other than over a very long period of time.

The trim in this listing is hemmed top and bottom. Handling it, you will undoubtedly get some gold dust on you.

There will likely be fold marks in it, as you can see in some of my photos. I don't recommend ironing it.

I will try to package it to minimalise any punishing effects from the international postage system.

This trim comes in a range of different colours, some examples of which you can see in my final photo.

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Size: 2 meters (L) x 20cm (W) Please convo me if you need a different length of it. Please see my fourth photo to get a better idea of the proportions of this trim.
Weight: Approx 37 grams
Colour: Black with screenprinted gold motif
Material: Synthetic fabric, cotton thread, synthetic gold leaf
Shipping This item is ready to ship and will be dispatched from Bali, Indonesia, via Pos Indonesia registered air mail with a tracking number, and you will almost certainly need to sign for the package upon delivery. Please see my shop policies for further details.
Extra info: Please note that there will sometimes be flaws and imperfections in the screenprinting of this trim.

Like so many elements of Balinese life, textiles such as prada are offerings to the gods.

The use of textiles is a living tradition in Bali, and so is constantly changing. Just like everywhere else, fashion is one factor that can dictate its use.

Bali is actually something of a repository, not only of its own arts and handicrafts, but those of the neighbouring Indonesian island of Java in pre-Islamic times

Many members of Javanese aristocracy fled Java for Bali after the defeat of the Majapahit kingdom. Indeed, it's believed prada had its origins in Java and that was popular with wealthy members of society.

In the past a whitish glue (ancur) obtained from fish bones, or a darker glue made from water buffalo skin was applied to the textile, and the gold substance was then applied over the top.

Real gold prada is almost never seen today.

“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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