Tapis Sarong with Figures
The Lampung people inhabit the southern part of Sumatra right along the maritime routes connecting Europe to Far East Asia. As such Lampung society had a highly affluent merchant class. Rich traders invested a great deal in garments and jewelry which were status symbols indicating wealth, social standing and clan identity.
Elite Lampung women created a distinctive genre of tubular sarongs such as this example. They are commonly known as Tapis. Woven in a striped design from silk ,cotton or a combination of both, they were decorated with mica, glass, polychrome silk and predominantly metallic threads that were couched on top with thin cotton thread rather than needled through the ground. The motifs were usually ancestral, in the case of this tapi eight pointed stars, diamonds and large boats, a common Indonesian design element that signifies life changes such as birth, adulthood, marriage or death.
Circa: Late 19th century
Material: Cotton & metallic thread
Condition: Very good
Dimensions: 46" x 38"
Inventory number: TX5285