Tenganan Bali

Geringsing: ritual cloth of Tenganan

Geringsing cloth worn during a ritual Rejang dance in Tenganan, Bali

Geringsing cloth worn during the ritual Rejang dance in Tenganan, Bali

Geringsing is the unique double ikat woven cloth made by the Bali Aga in the traditional village of Tenganan Karangasem on the island of Bali. The Bali Aga are the original inhabitants of Bali living on the island prior to the arrival of the Hindu Javanese. They are mostly found in the eastern part of Bali with the village of Tenganan more open to tourism and where the famous geringsing ikat cloth is still produced. The cloth plays an important role in their ceremonies and being open to outsiders, the village is the best place to glimpse into the life of the people where ceremonies and dances are regularly performed. Although similar to the Balinese, the Bali Aga have their own unique culture where the cloth plays an important role and used for ceremonies especially that of the rites of passages.

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While musicians play at the main Bale Agung of the village …

Bali Aga musicians from the village of Tenganan

Bali Aga musicians from the village of Tenganan

Geringsing cloth are still actively produced in the village

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