Ship Cloth (Tampan)
Kalianda District, Lampung, South Sumatra
18th / mid-19th century
Homespun cotton and natural dyes, supplementary weft technique
H: 34” x W: 30 1/2”
This early, iconic-style tampan displays an intricate combination of multicolored, deeply-dyed natural yarns woven into a powerful design. The symbolism behind the great ship can be interpreted in various ways - from that of a vessel of wealth and prosperity to aristocratic vehicles that symbolically record important rites of transition, particularly marriage.
Inventory # 102616