Panel (Lamba Mpanjaka-Monarch's or Sovereign's Wrapper)

A work made of silk, warp-faced plain weave with supplementary patterning warps and supplementary brocading wefts; five panels joined; finished at both ends with knotted and braided warp fringe.

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  • A work made of silk, warp-faced plain weave with supplementary patterning warps and supplementary brocading wefts; five panels joined; finished at both ends with knotted and braided warp fringe.

Date:

1997

Artist:

Daniel Rafidison (Malagasy, born 1963) and Antoine Rakotoarinala (Malagasy, born 1962)
Produced at Lamba SARL cooperative
Arivonimamo, Madagascar

About this artwork

This contemporary weaving was produced at a workshop devoted to the revival of a precolonial textile tradition by Merina weavers on the island of Madagascar. During the 19th century, the nobility and aristocracy of the ruling Merina commissioned and purchased intricately patterned silk textiles, which were worn like a toga by members of the elite as indicators of status and were also used as burial shrouds. Production of these elaborate textiles began to decline by the 1890s and eventually ceased altogether. In the 1990s, a group of weavers from the town of Arivonimamo created new and original designs that draw inspiration from the historical weavings of the 19th century. This wrapper consists of vertical bands of geometric patterns—many derived from tree and plant life of the local region—and delicate warp fringes. Unlike the earlier wrappers, these contemporary textiles were not designed to be worn, but are rather considered works of art for public and private display.

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Artist

Antoine Rakotoarinala

Title

Panel (Lamba Mpanjaka-Monarch's or Sovereign's Wrapper)

Origin

Madagascar

Date

1997

Medium

Silk, warp-faced plain weave with supplementary patterning warps and supplementary brocading wefts; five panels joined; finished at both ends with knotted and braided warp fringe

Dimensions

278.1 x 171.5 cm (109 1/2 x 67 1/2 in.) Weft repeat: point repeat

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment

Reference Number

1998.84

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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