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Tatibin (ceremonial cloth) with images of ships

early 20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kota Agung Lampung Sumatra Indonesia
    early 20th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    cotton, natural dyes, silver-wrapped thread, metallic strips, and continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation
    40.0 x 126.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Not on display
    Accession number
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  • About

    This tatibin is a typical product of the Kota Agung region because it makes use of three main, bold colours and has several bands of decoration around the central panel. In particular, the left and right edges have a row of blue scrolls that are only found on cloths from the southern area of Lampung. The image in the central panel is a ship carrying other boats with fish in the water below. The boldness of the design results from the contrasting supplementary weft threads. The dark blue boat stands out against the red, orange, and cream surrounding imagery. The strips of metal and the silver-wrapped threads add further luminosity. The metal pieces and silver-wrapped threads are supplementary threads woven into the cloth. Usually, they are couched onto the surface of the fabric. The simplicity of the design indicates that it was made in the early 1900s.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2011.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications