- Place where the work was made
- 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
- © Copyright reserved
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
Referenced in 2 publications
Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Handwoven textiles of South-East Asia, Singapore, 1988.
Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.