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Ceremonial Textile

Culture Lampung
Title Ceremonial Textile (Tampan)
Date 19th century
Medium Cotton
Dimensions Object: 18 1/2 × 18 7/8 in. (47 × 47.9 cm)
Overall: 18 1/2 × 18 7/8 in. (47 × 47.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dr. Donald M. Suggs, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 80.38.2D

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About this Work

In Lampung, a textile such as this is known as a tampan; the often-used English term, “ship cloth,” is a reference to the frequent depiction of ship motifs. Though no longer being made for local use, the textiles once played a role in ceremonies involving life transitions—birth, marriage, death, and other changes in personal status. For example, during an infant’s naming ceremony, the baby was placed on a pillow covered with one of these textiles, and families exchanged food wrapped in them during marriage negotiations and celebrations.

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