South Sumatra Kroe Ceremonial textile (Tampan)
Cotton, hand spun, natural dyes
South Sumatra - Kroe
66 (h) x 61 (w) cm
Collected South Sumatra 1980
Very good, no damage or repairs to body, minor damage to edging, minor staining consistent with use and age
This four corner symetrical Tampan, in blue dyes, depicts a mythical long necked sea monster or Naga. Tampan were exchanged between Kroe families to consecrate ritual occasions (birth, circumcision, courtship, marriage, death etc) and often used as wrappings for gifts such as money or food. The horizontal mirror symmetry is created so that when the cloth is placed over an object as a cover, folded along the horizontal axis, the picture appears correctly oriented in the upward direction on both sides.
Hand spun yarns; supplimentary weft on plain cotton weave; natural dyes.