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Antique Sumatra Textile with Gold Embroidery

Circa 1880
Size 49" x 42"
Size 125 x 107cm

Antique Sumatra Gold Embroidery

Sumatra, the Isle of Gold located along the maritime route between Asia and the West, was part of the early global network of commerce and cultural exchange. In the southern tip of Sumatra, the people of Lampung poured their trading profits into ceremonial materials and artful adornments. Wealthy women of this region created a distinctive genre of garments that exemplified their family prestige, clan identity and affluence. These ornate tubular sarongs, or tapis, were woven from cotton in a horizontal stripe design and further decorated with metallic thread, silk embroidery, mica fragments and other shiny materials. They were worn with long sleeved jackets similarly decorated.This example of tapi sarong is particularly opulent with extraordinary amount of couched metallic thread work. Note how the couched metallic thread is applied in a square form yet appears as diamond shape design. Sumatra, Indonesia, 19th century,
 

 

 

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