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Tapis
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The object is one of the most precious and beautiful Tapis sarongs in the museum's collection. Indonesian textiles are one of the strengths of The Asia and Pacific Museum. It possesses over 450 textiles, i.e., Batiks from Java, Ikats from Flores, Sumba and Bali, Tapis and Songkets from Sumatra. Tapis is a stripped sarong – a tube skirt embroidered with a gold thread. This heavy and shining textile was a symbol of prestige and welfare. It was embroidered by a young girl before her wedding as a cloth for the most important moments of her adult life. In its geometrical patterns, influences of Islam can be seen.

History of the Object
Acquired in 1984 from Maria Giedwidź who bought the object in Indonesia in the 1960s. There is no information about its earlier history. It must have been worn by an affluent woman of the Lampung region.

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Type
Textile 
Materials
Cotton, gold thread, couched embroidery 
Measurements
Width 125 cm Length 104 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Indonesia; Southern Sumatra; Lampung province 
Geography
Indonesia 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; first half 
Function
Ceremonial woman's sarong 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1984 from Maria Giedwidź. The late Ms. Giedwidz was the wife of a Polish diplomat working in Indonesia in 1960s. Both of them were friends of Andrzej Wawrzyniak, now director of the Asia and Pacific Museum. Some objects of their collection are now in the Museum's possession. 
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Owner
Asia and Pacific Museum in Warsaw 
Museum
Asia and Pacific Museum 
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