Woman's ceremonial lower body wrapper (tapis)

Indonesian (Sumatran, Paminggir)
Dutch colonial period
19th century

Object Place: South Sumatra, Lampong region, Indonesia


Overall: 133.7 x 121 cm (52 5/8 x 47 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes, plain-weave ground, warp yarn-resist dyed (ikat) and embroidered with silk

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Square-shaped dark brown cotton skirt constructed of two lengths hand stitched together lengthwise and embroidered along the top of the seam, each with a band of embroidery between two bands of warp yarn-resist dyed (ikat) patterning. The embroidered bands contain mythological amoeboid creatures in cream silk with red accents. The remaining bands each have six repeating blocks of stylized ikat design with stripes in beige and brown.


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)

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund