19c Sumatra Tapis Sarong Tube with metallic thread and mica, all natural vegetable dyes. 49" x 27"
Tapis are elaborate skirts made in Lampung province, Sumatra, Indonesia. Tapis were high-status ceremonial textiles that indicated the social rank of the wearer and her family. People also gave these skirts away as prestige gifts to indicate a family’s wealth and social standing. Tapis therefore were associated with power, status, and wealth. The more elaborate the skirt and those with the most gold-wrapped threads denoted the highest rank.