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

20th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sumbawa Indonesia
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number
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  • 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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications