Woman's Ceremonial Skirt (Tapis) Maker: Unknown

16th or 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. Tapis skirts from Lampung usually combine warp ikat with silk embroidery. The free-flowing embroidery patterns on the skirt show Chinese influence. This skirt features architectural structures and floral designs, but boats and maritime animals are also common on tapis skirts.


Cotton, silk, metal thread; warp-faced plain weave, warp ikat, couched, stem stitch, running stitch embroidery


50 × 50 13/16 in. (127 × 129 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: Suardy (2900)
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Object/Work type

clothing, skirts, tapis

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