An image of Tatibin (ceremonial cloth) with images of ships

Unknown Artist

Tatibin (ceremonial cloth) with images of ships

Not on display
Further information

This tatibin is a typical product of the Kota Agung region because it makes use of three main, bold colours and has several bands of decoration around the central panel. In particular, the left and right edges have a row of blue scrolls that are only found on cloths from the southern area of Lampung. The image in the central panel is a ship carrying other boats with fish in the water below. The boldness of the design results from the contrasting supplementary weft threads. The dark blue boat stands out against the red, orange, and cream surrounding imagery. The strips of metal and the silver-wrapped threads add further luminosity. The metal pieces and silver-wrapped threads are supplementary threads woven into the cloth. Usually, they are couched onto the surface of the fabric. The simplicity of the design indicates that it was made in the early 1900s.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, April 2011.

Place of origin
Kota Agung, Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia
early 20th century
cotton, natural dyes, silver-wrapped thread, metallic strips, and continuous and discontinuous supplementary weft decoration on a plain weave foundation
40.0 x 126.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
Accession number
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