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Title

Tatibin (ceremonial cloth) with images of ships


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This tatibin is a typical product of the Kota Agung region because it makes use of three main, bold colours and has several bands of decoration around the central panel. In particular, the left and right edges have a row of blue scrolls that are only found on cloths from the southern area of Lampung. The image in the central panel is a ship carrying other boats with fish in the water below. The boldness of the design results from the contrasting supplementary weft threads. The dark blue boat stands out against the red, orange, and cream surrounding imagery. The strips of metal and the silver-wrapped threads add further luminosity. The metal pieces and silver-wrapped threads are supplementary threads woven into the cloth. Usually, they are couched onto the surface of the fabric. The simplicity of the design indicates that it was made in the early 1900s.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2011.


Details


Place where the work was made

Kota Agung Lampung Sumatra Indonesia


Date

early 20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, natural dyes, silver-wrapped thread, metallic strips, and continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation


Dimensions

40.0 x 126.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

248.2000



Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Mattiebelle Gittinger, Splendid symbols: textiles and tradition in Indonesia, Singapore, 1990.

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, Textile traditions of Indonesia, Los Angeles, 1977.

Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.