These intricate, elaborate skirts are hand dyed and hand woven by women to wear during important ceremonies. First woven and sewn into a large rectangle, the sides were then joined to create a tube for the woman to step into and wear as a sarong. Due to Lampung's position along major maritime routes and their own production of desirable trade goods, such as pepper and gold, the women of Lampung had ready access to a variety of iconography from other cultures and a wide range of trade materials. This wealth is on display here with the imaginative use of silk, cotton, mica and gold. The skills necessary to create these tapis gradually diminished during the early part of the twentieth century and were extinguished completely during World War II.
Courtesy Peter Pap Oriental Rugs, San Francisco, CA