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Paminggir people Lampung, south Sumatra, Indonesia Woman’s ceremonial skirt [tapis] 19th century - treated

 

Paminggir people Lampung, south Sumatra, Indonesia
Woman’s ceremonial skirt [tapis] 19th century
silk, cotton; supplementary weft weave, warp ikat, embroidery
126.0 x 123.0 cm
Acquired through gift and purchase from the Collection of
Robert J. Holmgren and Anita Spertus, New York, 2000

Rodent activity appears to be the prime cause of damage to this silk tapis. These large holes had been previously repaired with contrasting fabric and large stitches. The previous patches were documented and removed. Stripes of similar fabric were pieced to follow the basic design of the damaged areas and adhered to the reverse face with a patch of polyester gauze coated with adhesive. In the area with ikat design a single matching colour was applied as a patch. (Conserved by Solitaire Sani)