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Hi guys,

I notice from observation that the altar cloths used by the Straits Chinese in Malaysia/Singapore/Indonesia:
a) of embroidery - could be from any of this region
b) of batik - rather exclusively from Indonesia, esp. Java island where there is a strong tradition of batik-producing among the locals, including the Peranakan (localized Chinese) there.

In the language used, these are called tokwi or table drapes/cloth in the Chinese Hokkien dialect.

I understand that different kinds of altar used different colour schemes but am unsure of the various colours used and what they represent, or whether they are from old homes or temples.

Rather late post but hope it helps :)


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Hi!

I am new to this forum, so been trying to catch up and read some of the old post and see if i can share my comments on any of them.

From what i read and talked with people in Indonesia, traditioanlly, altar cloth are made from find silk with heavy golden thread embroidery and couching. However due to humidity and weather condition, such material and fabric work are not so durable in use, so batik type is used instead.

Hope you still find this useful.

AKE


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