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Title

brocade tube skirt ('tembe' or 'kere')

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This 'tembe' or 'kere' is woven in two sections, which are joined together and seamed to form a tube. The section of the sarong that is worn at the front is woven in a banded pattern in shades of red and decorated in an elaborate design with stylised motifs of birds, deer, ships, figures and trees in a supplementary weft metallic weave. The back of the garment is less elaborate with a green plaid pattern decorated with a design of eight-petalled flowers in metallic thread. As this textile is in very good condition and of high quality, it is probable that it once belonged to a sultan or a member of the aristocracy.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Place where the work was made

Sumbawa Indonesia


Cultural origin

Semawa people


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, dyes, metallic thread; supplementary weft weave


Dimensions

125.8 x 89.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

272.2000



Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Handwoven textiles of South-East Asia, Singapore, 1988.

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