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Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

late 19th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kalianda region? Lampung Sumatra Indonesia
    late 19th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, natural dyes; supplementary weft weaving
    77.5 x 288.0 cm
    D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • 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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions