This tiling is not only a tessellation, but also traces the path of a plane-filling curve, commencing and ending at the lower apex of the hexagon. The path is picked out in gold by textile craftsmen, with the kind assistance of Indonesian textile artist Baron Manansang.
Unusually for a tessellation, this is not one tile per creature, but each tile has parts of different creatures – tails, heads, and mid-sections. The sardines created are of different lengths, depending on where they occur along the path.
From a distance 3 related patterns appear. Once is the curvaceous gold thread that traces the path, the other is the wider gap that is very obvious from a distance, and the third is the narrow gap that follows an arabesque branching version of the gold path.
This design is inspired by the textile designs of Indonesia, where there is a tradition of working over batik cloths with gold leaf. Often this will pick out elements of the patterns, as in this example, other styles overlay a completely unrelated motif or design over the batik. Batiks themselves are often tessellations, and the “chop” version is created with copper stamps which are themselves stunning works of art and craftsmanship.