woman's ceremonial skirt; tapis

Creation date
silk, cotton, silk and metallic threads, mirrors
52 x 50 3/4 in.
Credit line
Martha Delzell Memorial Fund
Accession number
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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