Wearing Wealth And Styling Identity: Tapis From Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia


by Totton, Mary-Louise

Wearing Wealth And Styling Identity: Tapis From Lampung, South Sumatra, Indonesia

Price:  US$54.66   (SGD75.91*)
Format:  Paper Back, 188 pages
Published:  2009, United Kingdom, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9780944722374
SB#:  049065 (708)

About This Book

Located along the primary maritime route between Asia and the West, Sumatra, the fabled Isle of Gold, was part of the early global network of commerce and cultural exchange. In the southern tip of Sumatra, the peoples of Lampung poured their trading profits into ceremonial materials and artful adornments. Elite women of this region created a distinctive genre of fashionable garments that exemplified their family's prestige, clan identity, and affluence. These ornate tubular sarongs, or tapis, were woven from cotton and silk threads dyed with ancestral recipes and lavishly embellished with opulent materials. Published to complement the 2009 exhibition at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, this study examines the history, artistic process and techniques, iconography, and present-day context of these extraordinary textiles.


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