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Gift of Templeton Crocker
This is a sacred textile used in all kinds of rituals both worn by humans and as a cover/wrapper. Cepuk means to meet/encounter or to be brought to the face of the divine. The cloths are seen as a mediators between the human world and the world of the divine. The format of the cloths always follow a similiar layout with a board central field encompassing ikat patterns, flanked by more narrow bands, and they always use four colors. Sometimes the central motifs are figurative and the cloths are made of silk.--Itie van Hout 7/2004
#53.42.12 is kamben cepuk Padong Angket, see fig #23, and explanation, pg. 190. 'Padong Angket' is a species of grass.
From 'To Speak with Cloth' Museum of Cultural History, UCLA, (the Fowler), 1989 Also see examples of this in the 1985 Krefeld book, on pg. 263.-Gerry Masteller