South Sumatra Kroe Ceremonial textile (Tampan)
Cotton, hand spun, natural dyes
South Sumatra - Kroe
61 (h) x 58 (w) cm
Collected South Sumatra 1978
Excellent, no damage or repairs, very minor staining consistent with age
This red and blue Tampan illustrates human figures laid postrate along the base of a ship. Tampan were exchanged between Kroe families to consecrate ritual occasions especially those involving major life transitions such as birth, circumcision, courtship, marriage and death. Their use was both siritual and symbolic but they were also used as wrappings for gifts such as money or food. The ship (symbolising transition) is a common element in a large number of Tampan.
Supplimentary weft on plain cotton weave; natural dyes. The blue colour in this Tampan depicts the secular relm, the red colour the spiritual relm suggesting that this Tampan may have been used at a funeral (placed under the head when the corpse is washed).