Embroidered Sarong from Lampung (Sumatra, Indonesia)

Emboidered sarong from Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia. Early 20th century. Emboidered sarong from Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia. Early 20th century. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 1986.74.1.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York houses a sarong from Lampung, southern Sumatra, Indonesia. It probably dates to the early twentieth century. It is made of cotton (ikat) bands interspersed with silk thread embroidered bands. According to curatorial information, the combination of ikat and embroidery is characteristic for (central) Lampung.

One of the embroidered bands, as illustrated, clearly features a ship, recalling the 'ship cloths' from the same region. Metropolitan Museum of Art online catalogue  (retrieved 8 January 2017).

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