Sumatra, the isle of gold located along the maritime route between Asia and the West, was part of the early global network of commerce and cultural exchange.In the southern tip of Sumatra, the people of Lampung poured their trading profits into ceremonial materials and artful adornments. Wealthy women of this region created a distinctive genre of garments that exemplifies their family prestige, clan identity and affluence. This ornate tubular sarongs, or tapis, were woven from cotton in horizontal stripe design and further decorated with metallic threads, silk embroidery, mica fragments, sequins and other shiny materials. They were worn with similarly decorated long sleeved jackets. This tapi features a poem in old Malay dialect.The poem is taken from a play from the Stamboel theater, popular at the turn of the 20th century in western Indonesia and Malaysia and featuring Middle Eastern and Islamic themes.
Circa: early 20th century
Origin: Sumatra, Indonesia
Material: Cotton ground embroidered with metallic thread and silk
Condition: Minor unravelling of metallic thread, very good
Dimensions: 45" x 45"
Inventory number: TX4147