Have you ever been gone to Bali? I am indonesian and never go to there yet. Hehe! :) But I already hear about the paradise echoing and rocking the world. Bali is one of places where you must visit on your list while coming to see Indonesia. The culture is either unique and pretty as pretty as the traditional fabric such as gringsing woven fabric, endek fabric and the one attracting my heart poleng fabric.
Poleng fabric is a woven fabric in plaid motif which consists of only two color tones: black and white. According to Bali's tradition, this black and white poleng fabric is named by Rwa Bhineda saput poleng. The others saput poleng are saput poleng Sudhamala (in black, white and grey) and saput poleng Tridatu (in black, white and red). Eevry color composition has a deep meaning. In Rwa Bhineda's color, black (dark) and white (light) which is intensely very contrast reflect dharma and adharma. They symbolize the clarity and the way they are. Rwa Bhineda is a world nature. World always undergoes two different situations, dark (night) - light (day), up - down, good - bad, etc. The two different colors or situations are different but can't be separated. Both are completing and filling each other to create harmony. The grey color as the transition from black to white color in saput poleng Sudhamala contains black and white elements at the same proportion. It means that grey aligns the symphony between dharma and adharma. Grey color also means that in a certain condition the bad and good elements have the same level. In saput poleng Tridatu, red means energy symbol, black means laziness and white means wisdom and goodness. Poleng fabric is very important in life of Hindu Bali's people. Even some of the puppets characters like Betara, Hanoman and Bima are always depicted wearing saput poleng Rwa Bhineda.
In the pictures below, I design some of my creation and interpretation of saput poleng. I combine the fabric with flowers to beautify the dress. Share your thoughts! :)
P.S.: the pictures beside the design belong to google, doublew tumblr, Pandu Adnyana.