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Jacket

Type: Clothing - Garment
Object Name: Jacket
Place Made: Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Sumatra, Lampung
People: Kauer
Period: Late 19th to early 20th century
Date: 1880 - 1920
Dimensions: L 152 cm x W 31 cm
Materials: Cotton; Plant; shell; glass mirror
Techniques: Warp-faced; supplementary warp; plain woven; embroidered; tie-dyed; hand-sewn
ID Number: T04.34.34
Credit: Gift of Barbara Barde

Great quantities of tiny mirrors known as cermuk are sewn by the Kauer people on their skirts. The Kauer also make and wear long-sleeved jackets, embellished with cermuk and studded around the neck opening with small white nassa shells. It often takes more than a year to complete an outfit. Golden-yellow jackets like this, lavishly decorated, are worn by unmarried women as part of their festival dress.