woman's ceremonial skirt; tapis

 
Nationality
Indonesian
Creation date
Materials
silk, cotton, silk and metallic threads, mirrors
Dimensions
52 x 50 3/4 in.
Credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Accession number
82.149
Collection
Not Currently On View

This ceremonial wrapper is prized for its costly silk ground fabric, which is intricately embroidered with gold-wrapped threads and small appliquéd mirrors.

Traditionally, sumptuous garments such as this skirt were worn only by upper-class women during weddings and other ceremonies, signifying their heritage, social status, and wealth.

Comprised of several panels, this wrapper was originally sewn into a tubular-form. It was worn with a jacket, elaborate jewelry, and a headpiece. The human figures, vegetal forms and ship motifs allude to the continuance of life on earth and beyond.

(Anita E. Spertus and Robert J. Holmgren) New York, New York; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (1982).
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