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An image of brocade tube skirt ('tembe' or 'kere') by

Sumbawa, Indonesia

brocade tube skirt ('tembe' or 'kere')
Place of origin
Cultural origin
Semawa people
20th century
Media category
Materials used
cotton, dyes, metallic thread; supplementary weft weave

125.8 x 89.0 cm

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

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

Bibliography (2)

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

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