Southern Sumatra, Indonesia
Cotton, silk, mirror pieces, metallic threads, shells, cotton trade cloth
44 in. x 158½ in., 51 in. across top (including sleeves), 11 in. long, 22 in. across bottom
Very good, inner lining slightly soiled from wear, small tear in cotton lining
This ceremonial short jacket features a rich combination of natural dyes, silk and cotton weaving, metallic threads, and colorful patterned trade cloth. The garment’s handsome fabrics are further embellished by an abundance of white shells, embroidery and insets of almost microscopic mirror pieces that are stitched on to the front panels. This is the finest and smallest mirror work of this type we have ever seen. Mirror pieces also glitter around the banded collar of this exquisite ceremonial costume.