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Collection

An image of trapping by

North Sumatra, Indonesia

Title
trapping
Place of origin
North SumatraIndonesia
Cultural origin
Batak
Year
circa 1940
Media category
Textile
Materials used
beadwork on cotton stitched to leather with tassled and beaded edging strung on timber frame and decorated with shells and coins
Dimensions

94.0 x 10.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
254.2000
Copyright
© Copyright reserved
Location
Not on display
Further information

This beautifully decorated red, white and black beaded trapping features a central band of repeated and paired S-shaped motifs, which is common to many parts of Southeast Asia. The coins decorating this trapping give the date 1945 and date to Dutch rule. It is most likely to have been included amongst the possessions of a noble family.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000

Bibliography (3)

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.