Ceremonial cloth

This ceremonial cloth or ‘tampan’ depicts an intriguing design of a central lozenge filled with diamond, spiral, hook and floral motifs. Diamond patterning fills the background and symmetrical borders frame the centrefield. All ceremonies included tampan, either as decorations or to wrap gifts and ceremonial food. Tampans are also used during the presentation of a newborn child, circumcision rituals and funerals. Tampans were especially important during wedding rituals that were carried out between two family clans, as the social status of the families dictated the number of tampan presented to the bride-givers. The bride will also return to her home three to seven days after the marriage and receive tampan from her relatives to confirm the tie between the two families. It is normally woven using the supplementary weft technique, where additional horizontal threads create patterns over the top of the ground weave.

19th century
Lampung, South Sumatra
Object size: L:67cm * W:65cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andy Ng