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Title

Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

late 19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Kalianda region? Lampung Sumatra Indonesia


Date

late 19th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, natural dyes; supplementary weft weaving


Dimensions

77.5 x 288.0 cm


Credit

D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003


Accession number

118.2003



Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history