An image of Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

Unknown Artist

Ceremonial hanging (palepai)

Location
Not on display
Further information

This palepai is decorated with a design of four squares containing red ships carrying buildings and stylised human figures wearing horned headdresses and animals. The spots on the boats, the wave-like borders, and the triangles edging the fabric are all characteristics of Kalianda palepai. The design is somewhat unusual, and the use of square designs resembles tampan textile production. Several tampans are woven as a single piece of cloth and then cut apart into individual textiles. The natural dye colours of the supplementary threads – red, blue, ochre, cream – are typical of palepai.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2011.

Place of origin
Kalianda region?, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia
Year
late 19th century
Media
Textile
Medium
cotton, natural dyes; supplementary weft weaving
Dimensions
77.5 x 288.0 cm
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
Accession number
118.2003