Palambang, Sumatra - Indonesia
Often likened to the paintings of Mark Rothko, the ageing silk of the Kain Lawon has a soft shimmer and delicate surface unlike any painting. They are vibrant, elegant and stylistically modern despite being a century old.
|A Lawon is a presentation scarf worn by married women and used during important ceremonial occasions. They may also have been given as part of a bridal dowry. They are made using a technique called trituk or sew-and-dye. The needle and thread are used to secure sections of the silk that would be kept away from the dye-baths. The usual configuration is a rectangular field against another color, though a diamond centerfield is also used. The luxurious silk was a symbol of the power and prestige of the wearer.|
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