Woman's ceremonial sarong or tapis, made by the Abung people from Lampung, Sumatra, Indonesia.
This type of textile was reserved for ceremonial occasions and festivities, and was a way for the wearer to display her wealth and success. The ground fabric is striped red and black and embroidered with gold thread. Text is commonly used for decorative and ritual effects. The text on this particular piece is written in a mix of Bahasa Indonesia and the local Lampung language and features well-wishes for the wearer of the tapis.
In excellent condition, signs of wear consistent with age. Lightweight cotton embroidered with metallic thread has a heavy draping handle.