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Jacket

ca. 1855 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

The designs on this jacket from Borneo relate closely to those on the intricately woven baskets from the same area, and are also found on local ikat-patterned and beaded textiles and garments. Here, the designs are woven and embroidered. The jacket is fastened at the front with three round buttons made out of conch shell. There are no buttonholes, which are a European feature. Instead a braided string is wrapped around the back of the button. The simple shape of the jacket, with small projecting shoulder-pieces, is also found in garments made of bark-cloth or other materials.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Woven cotton with conch shell buttons
Brief description
Costume, Borneo Indonesia
Physical description
Young man's jacket of woven cotton, opened in the middle front, tied with three plaits to three large circular conch shell buttons; plain undyed cotton lining.
Dimensions
  • Length: 65cm
  • Width: 61cm
Summary
The designs on this jacket from Borneo relate closely to those on the intricately woven baskets from the same area, and are also found on local ikat-patterned and beaded textiles and garments. Here, the designs are woven and embroidered. The jacket is fastened at the front with three round buttons made out of conch shell. There are no buttonholes, which are a European feature. Instead a braided string is wrapped around the back of the button. The simple shape of the jacket, with small projecting shoulder-pieces, is also found in garments made of bark-cloth or other materials.
Bibliographic reference
Dress in detail from around the world / Rosemary Crill, Jennifer Wearden and Verity Wilson ; with contributions from Anna Jackson and Charlotte Horlyck ; photographs by Richard Davis, drawings by Leonie Davis. London: V&A Publications, 2002 Number: 1851773770 (hbk), 1851773789 (pbk) p.46-47
Other number
3803 - India Museum Slip Book
Collection
Accession number
4808(IS)

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Record createdJune 25, 2009
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