Technique – supports and reserves

The supports on which the reserves are made vary according to the raw material used and its treatment, and according to the structure of the fabric. They reflect availabilities in the natural environment but also aesthetic and cultural choices.

Two large groups of reserve can be seen : reserves that are tied and others that are sewn. They can be made without a mark or, on the contrary, follow a pattern inscribed beforehand in or on the fabric. The link itself is by nature variable : A thread of cotton, a strand of raffia, a strip of plastic or rubber, etc.

  • locally woven cotton

    locally woven cotton

  • industrial cotton

    industrial cotton

  • plaited raffia

    plaited raffia

  • plaited pandanus

    plaited pandanus

  • woven silk

    woven silk

  • woven camel wool

    woven camel wool

  • sheep's wool and sprang

    sheep's wool and sprang

  • double knot

    double knot

  • tying


  • tying pinched fabric

    tying pinched fabric

  • sewing and gathering

    sewing and gathering

  • reserve by sewing and concealment

    reserve by sewing and concealment

  • Embroidery


  • tied stencil

    tied stencil

sewing and gathering

sewing and gathering

scarf, selendang Indonesia, Sumatra, Palembang, beginning of the 20th century Silk 70.2007.26.4

This scarf would be worn by a widow who wishes to remarry. A reserve made by gathered sewing on the taffeta, called by the Malay term tritik which means « splashed », marks out a large central rectangle which very regularly cuts after two dyes, onein a bright pink bath and the other in a purple one. Braid trimming and a fringe are fixed at both ends. 190x67 cm