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An image of Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with design of four ships by
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Kalianda region?, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia

Palepai (ceremonial hanging) with design of four ships
Place of origin
Kalianda region?LampungSumatraIndonesia
late 19th century
Media category
Materials used
cotton, natural dyes, and continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation

77.5 x 288.0 cm

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This palepai is decorated with a design of four squares containing red ships carrying buildings and stylised human figures wearing horned headdresses and animals. The spots on the boats, the wave-like borders, and the triangles edging the fabric are all characteristics of Kalianda palepai. The design is somewhat unusual, and the use of square designs resembles tampan textile production. Several tampans are woven as a single piece of cloth and then cut apart into individual textiles. The natural dye colours of the supplementary threads – red, blue, ochre, cream – are typical of palepai.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006