Five Centuries of Tapis

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North Lampung family in 2000

Five Centuries of Tapis

In her illustrated talk, our speaker Safrina Thristiawati will focus on Lampung textiles which provide evidence of the early cultural interchange within Asia dating to the last half of the first millennium (Gittinger, 2005). This talk will discuss several examples of Tapis, from a Tapis Inuh carbon dated to 15th Century by Murray (2011) to Tapis used in contemporary Lampungese weddings and Tapis used by Indonesian fashion designers in the 21st Century.

Safrina Thristiawati

Our speaker has a passionate interest in Indonesian textiles. Safrina is a native Lampungese Saibatin who was born in Riau and spent her early years in Palembang. After completing an undergraduate degree in Economics at the International University in Jakarta, she worked in the Faculty of Economics and Population. Through this position, she had the opportunity to travel to other areas of Indonesia and so began an appreciation of the diversity and heirloom status of Indonesian textiles. Safrina has since worked on Indonesian textile studies but says it was not until she travelled overseas, did she realise how special such textiles were regarded by others.

The Textile Study Group committee welcomes you to our first meeting of the year. Members are invited to bring along textiles or sculptures relevant to the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Bookings: Email Chris Manning at, or phone Chris on 0412686025. Please make all bookings & payment in advance. No refunds.

1. By Direct Debit (“your name TSG” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card on this website – see booking button above.

Getting There:

Driving directions

Drive north on Kent Street, turn right into Argyle Street, turn right again into Watson Road and follow it around past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

Free Parking is available on site.

Public Transport directions

Bus: Route 311 terminates at Argyle Street. Walk up Watson Road, Observatory Hill and follow the signs.

Train/Ferry: to Wynyard or Circular Quay and proceed as below.

Walking Directions

From Circular Quay
Walk to George Street in The Rocks. Turn left into Argyle Street and walk under the famous Argyle Cut to climb the stairs opposite the Garrison Church. Turn left at the top of the stairs and follow Watson Road past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

From Wynyard and the city
At No. 1 York Street walk through the expressway underpass. Follow the tunnel, keeping to the right, until you come up on Kent Street. Walk along Kent Street to the Agar Steps, or follow the approach to the Bridge, which will take you past the National Trust Centre on your left.

From Kent Street
Follow the historic Agar Steps (opposite the Observatory Hotel) up to the National Trust Centre.


12 March, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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