Man's lower body wrapper (lafa, selimut)

Indonesian (Rotinese)
Dutch colonial rule
1900–25


Object Place: Roti, Indonesia

Dimensions

188 x 71 cm (74 x 27 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

27.469

Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; plain weave, warp yarn-resist dyed (ikat)

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

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.

Provenance

Purchased by MFA on September 8, 1927

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund