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Ikat from Kaur, Sumatra, Indonesia

227 Sumatra, Kaur

Tapis (sarong)detail  magnifier

Origin: Sumatra, Kaur
Period: 19th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium, and silk
Technique: Warp ikat, silk embroidery, mica sequins
Panels: 1
Size: 119 x 131 cm (3' 10" x 4' 3")
Weight: 635 g (22.4 oz), 407 g/m2 (1.33 oz/ft2)
Design: Traditional tapis kaca patterning. Brown bands subtly decorated in warp ikat, with a pattern reminiscent of reticulated snake skin. Five wide bands overlaid with silk embroidery. Myriad tiny round mica sequins, cermuk, have been attached by couching.
Comment: Antique tapis kaca (kaca meaning 'glass'), opened up for display. Excellent state of conservation. Even the embroidery, which tends to fray with age, is perfect, colours are strong. A piece with a powerful presence. Photo shows about one half of the opened up tubeskirt. [Note that at least half the weight represents the weight of the mica.]
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumatra and Kaur.
Compare: 168 226 241
Literature: Near identical to late 19th C. Kaur tapis in Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum depicted in Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen. Abb. 138. Also similar to one in Hunt Kahlenberg, Traditional Textiles of Sumatra from the Atlantic Richfield Company, Fig. 6.
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