Ceremonial Cloth (Tampan)

Tampan are small square-shaped cloths that were exchanged during important rites of passage in Lampung area. They are used for display as well as covering for offerings and gifts during wedding, funerals and other rituals. This one portrays stylized tree and abstract creatures on its branches.

Title: Ceremonial Cloth (Tampan)

Artist: Unknown

Creation Date: Before 1900

Geography: Indonesia, Sumatra

Culture: Lampung

Medium: Cotton

Technique: Plain weave, supplementary weft patterning (brocading)

Dimensions: 49.7 x 43 cm (19 1/2 x 17 in)

Classification: Textiles

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

Object ID Number: 2022.12.KT664