South Sumatra Kroe Ceremonial textile (Tampan)
Cotton, hand spun, natural dyes
South Sumatra - Kroe
92 x 69 cm
Early 19th century
Collected South Sumatra 1983
Overall very good for its age but several minor repairs to body, edges showing some damage and natural dyes somewhat faded.
A rectangular highly symbolic Tampan with ship elements, human figures, monstrous creatures and other mysterious symbolic and spirtual elements.
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.
Hand spun yarn; supplimentary weft on plain cotton weave; natural dyes.