Woman's ceremonial lower body wrapper (tapis)
Indonesian (Sumatran, Paminggir)
Dutch colonial rule
Object Place: South Sumatra (Krui), Lampong region, Indonesia
135 x 128 cm (53 1/8 x 50 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton plain-weave ground, natural dyes, silk embroidery, metallic gold paper wrapped-thread discontinuous supplementary weft patterning and couching, applied pieces of mica-covered lead.
Not On View
Yellow-orange (turmeric), reddish-brown, and blue (indigo) cotton cloth made up of five panels handstitched together–three woven alternating with two embroidered–fantastic ships and shrines embroidered in cream silk with accents in red, blue, yellow; mica pieces inserted. Yellow-orange woven panels with bands and stripes in red and gold metallic yarns; floral embroidery; mica pieces inserted.
Probably in the 1970s, acquired in Indonesia by Jeff Holmgren and Anita Spertus, New York; 1980, sold by Holmgren and Spertus to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 10, 1980)
Otis Norcross Fund