Man's lower body wrapper (lafa, selimut)
Dutch colonial rule
Object Place: Roti, Indonesia
188 x 71 cm (74 x 27 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, warp yarn-resist dyed (ikat)
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Blue-black (indigo), reddish-brown and natural ecru rectangular cotton cloth with twisted fringe. The piece was woven in two lengths and then hand-sewn together along the center, lengthwise. The design motifs, created by ikat techique, consist of a grid work of stylized floral forms in the main field and a band of triangular shapes, known as “tumpal,” at the fringed ends.
This design elements of this textile were influenced by Indian patola cloth.
Purchased by MFA on September 8, 1927
Frederick Brown Fund