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  • Tampan,  Ceremonial Textile, Sumatra
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Framed Antique Tampan Ceremonial Textile, 18th century. Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia Cotton. Lampung cloths such as these date back to the 18th century (around the time of Dutch annexation) and are called ship cloths Used during ceremonies the ship cloth signify transition from one realm of life to the next to consecrate ritual occasions and to assist each individual as he or she progressed through the diverse ceremonies that marked the various stages of life from birth to boyhood, then manhood to death, or singlehood to marriage, circumcisions, and ceremonies marking changes in social rank. It also represents the final transition to the afterlife. and ship in these signifies the blessing of security within which the transition may take place. They served as the focal point for ceremonial meals, as the seat for the elders who oversaw traditional law, and were tied to the ridge poles of newly built houses. They were a sacred force that bound society together.

Some articles on the subject suggest that the boats were also omnipresent in the port life of the location in that era and those were copied into the weavings. In Indonesian literature of that era there is a mention of palace communities – rulers with their retinues – that travelled on the boat from port to port with prestige goods . The woven icons may be reflections of that lifestyle. Production of these cloths came to an abrupt end with the catastrophic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883




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