Traditional Textiles, Banka, Billiton 6

Written by on October 1, 2010 in Sumatera Traditional Textiles with 0 Comments

West Sumatra Traditional Textiles

Malay people
Sumatra Indonesia
Ceremonial skirt cloth
[kain limar]
19th century Biliton Indonesia
silk, gold thread
weft ikat, supplementary weft weave
87.0 (h) x 210.0 (w) cm . (NGA)

Malay people
Ceremonial skirt cloth
[kain limar]
19th century Muntok district Bangka Indonesia
silk, gold and silver thread
weft ikat, supplementary weft weave
89.0 (h) x 209.0 (w) cm . (NGA)

Malay people
Ceremonial shoulder cloth
[kain limar]
19th century Muntok region Bangka Indonesia
silk, gold thread
weft ikat, supplementary weft weave
209.0 (h) x 87.0 (w) cm . (NGA)

Malay people
Ceremonial shoulder cloth
[kain limar]
19th century Muntok region Bangka Indonesia
silk, gold thread
weft ikat, supplementary weft weave
195.0 (h) x 87.0 (w) cm . (NGA)

Malay people
Ceremonial shoulder cloth
[kain limar]
19th century Muntok region Bangka Indonesia
silk, gold thread
weft ikat, supplementary weft weave
195.0 (h) x 87.0 (w) cm . (NGA)

Kain Limar shoulder cloth, Bangka Island, Palembang Regency, South Sumatra, early 20th century, weft ikat patterning on silk, high-karat gold-wrapped supplementary weft patterning on warp ends, natural dyes.
Palembang has been a rich coastal capital for over a millenium. It was an ultra-important port for the pepper trade, and flourished (see 18th century view at left). In Europe, where pepper was believed to prevent syphillis and bubonic plague, wealthy nobles would pay more for the stuff than for gold. Palembang prospered, and its textiles still reflect that prosperity. This piece is rich, lavish, stunning, in great condition, and the patola pattern of the ikat speaks with restrained dignity. (MT)

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