Wearing Wealth and Styling Identity
Temporary Exhibitions, Lathrop, Jaffe, and Hall Galleries
Handwoven from cotton and silk threads, colored with ancestral dye recipes, embellished with gold- and silver-wrapped threads, embroidered with silk or pineapple-fiber threads, appliquéd with mirrors and mica, these ornate tube dresses were created by elite women of Lampung, South Sumatra. The product of a culture located between the two maritime routes between East and West Asia, these sumptuous garments communicate a family's global contacts, social station, and clan identity. Guest curated by Dr. Mary-Louise Totton, assistant professor of art history at Western Michigan University, the exhibition combines selected tapis from the Stephen A. Lister Family Collection with contextual archival photographs.
Dr. Mary-Louise Totten
- Polynesian Tapa: Decorated Barkcloth from Tonga and Samoa
- Dressing Up Culture: Molas from Kuna Yala
- Ukara: Ritual Cloth of the Ekpe Secret Society