Malong – Silk

From the Floy Quintos Collection

The malong is adorned with a planar pattern consisting of crosses and flowers as motifs. A frieze pattern runs along the center of the malong.

The symmetry group of the repeating pattern is pmm. There are 1800 rotational symmetries with centers located at a center of a flower and at a cross. There are reflections along vertical and horizontal axes also passing about these centers.

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The symmetry group of the frieze pattern is 1m. There is a horizontal reflection symmetry with axis passing through the center of the design. The weaver introduces a symmetry breaking, to break the translational symmetry by introducing a single motif at the center of the frieze pattern.