Woman's Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis) Maker: Unknown

17th century

Indo-Pacific Art

Not on view

In southern Sumatra, cloths are an essential part of all life-cycle rituals, present at weddings, funerals, and ceremonies celebrating a person’s status. Some of the finest textiles in Southeast Asia have been produced in the region. However, high-quality weaving virtually disappeared in the early twentieth century, and little is known about the history and meaning of the early textile designs. Tapis skirts from Lampung usually combine warp ikat with silk embroidery.


Cotton, silk; warp ikat, embroidery


54 5/16 × 50 in. (138 × 127 cm)

Credit Line

Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus Collection, Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

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Ex-collection: Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus, New York. First Known Collector: Ansaruddin
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Object/Work type

clothing, skirts, tapis

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