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Ikat from Kaur, Sumatra, Indonesia

241 Sumatra, Kaur

Tapis (sarong)


Origin: Sumatra, Kaur
Period: 19th or very early 20th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 106 x 124.5 cm (3' 5" x 4' 1")
Weight: 900 g (31.7 oz), 682 g/m2 (2.23 oz/ft2)
Design: Kaur tapis kaca, kaca meaning 'glass'. Ten brown bands subtly decorated in warp ikat, with a pattern reminiscent of reticulated snake skin. Four wide bands overlaid with silk embroidery. Myriad tiny round mica sequins, cermuk, have been attached by couching, probably more than a thousand.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] Antique tapis kaca, opened up for display. Excellent ikat of the grounds, beautiful embroidery and couching of mica sequins. Very good state of conservation. Even the embroidery, which tends to fray with age, is nearly perfect, with only one very small section rubbed off, colours are strong. A real pusaka. [Note that at least half the weight represents the weight of the mica.]
Background: For additional information see chapter on Sumatra and/or Kaur.
Compare: 227 168 226
Literature: Near identical to 1880-1890 tapis in the Deutsches Textilmuseum in Krefeld depicted in Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen. Abb. 137. Very similar to one in Hunt Kahlenberg, Traditional Textiles of Sumatra from the Atlantic Richfield Company, Fig. 6. Similar to opened-up tapis in Hunt Kahlenberg, Textile Traditions of Indonesia, Fig. 4. but with ikated fond.
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