Ceremonial Cloth (Palepai)


Palepai is prestigious cloth that would have been hung behind importance individuals during ceremonies. It depicts a long ship with multiple-pronged prows. Here the cloth is shown with the warp in the horizontal direction.

Title: Ceremonial Cloth (Palepai)

Artist: Unknown

Creation Date: before 1900

Geography: Indonesia, Sumatra, Lampung

Culture: Paminggir

Medium: Cotton, metallic thread

Technique: Plain weave, supplementary weft patterning (brocading)

Dimensions: 60 x 230 cm (90 1/2 x 23 5/8 in)

Classification: Textiles

Credit Line: Gift of Helena Hernmarck in memory of Mary Kahlenberg, 2022

Object ID Number: 2022.12.KT662