796 Antique Palepai Tampan Ship Cloth Sumatran Textile

Cotton Ship Cloth Weaving from Sumatra

Motifs of men, ships, dragons and more, laid out as a hierarchy.

Palepai cloths are rarer than Tampans as these family heirlooms were handed down to the head of the household, while Tampans were created for every son's family unit. So within an extended family, there could be only 1 Palepai but the number of Tampans could run into dozens.

Around 10 feet long

 

An example exhibited at the Met Museum NY is mentioned as 19th century

 

 


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