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RESERVED 4 TURABELLE  Sumatra Indonesia wedding headdress crown headpiece (AAM)

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FINE VINTAGE INDONESIA SUMATRA WEDDING HEADDRESS OR TIARA


THIS ITEM IS AVAILABLE ON LAYAWAY/DEFERRED PAYMENTS. PLEASE ASK FOR DETAILS
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SIZE: This rare Sumatran bridal tiara measures 5½ ins high (approx 14 cms). The width is 12 ins (approx 30 cms) with the inner diameter of the headband adjustable from 5½ - 6½ ins approx (14 – 16 cms).

CONDITION: this headdress has been hired out and worn by many Sumatran brides and therefore signs of repair, missing rhinestones and elements are to be expected. It is in good condition considering the use it has been put.

MATERIALS: antiqued gold tone and coloured metal, faux pearls

DATE: it is extremely difficult to date such items precisely because they were often made in the same traditional style for many years.

DESCRIPTION:

This kind of traditional Sumatran headdress is called a Sunntiang.

The headdress is based upon a band of gilded metal, surmounted by a three rows of metalwork flowers. The flowers are cut from antiqued gold tone and red painted metal. From these arise rows of leaves with serrated edges in sheet metal work. The flower heads are made from sheet metal which is hammered into a repousee design and have faux pearls set at their centres. All these various elements are separately made by hand, assembled and then soldered to a metal framework.

The picture with the mannequin shows how the ornament would have been placed. It would have been worn in conjunction with other ornaments such as garlands of frangipani blossom and a tiara like ornament placed in the front which conceals the hair. The final picture shows a contemporary Sumatran couple where the bride wears a similar style of headdress of somewhat larger dimensions.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Large and elaborate headdresses like this are still part of the traditional dress worn on festive and ceremonial occasions such as weddings in Borneo, Sarawak, Sumatra and other western islands of Indonesia. Elaborate metal headings gilded, embossed and engraved are attached to combs and worn tiara like on the front or top of the head.

Such headdresses are part of the wedding regalia for bridal couples. In the past they were passed down through families as treasured heirlooms. However many aristocratic families have become impoverished and have reluctantly sold their treasured possessions. As a result original and handsomely crafted combs and headdresses are finding their way into western collections. Complete outfits of wedding regalia are now usually rented from a Pemaes or specialist company who also does the bridal make up and hairdressing for the great day.


Alas, many young brides are now discarding these lovely (but heavy) traditional crowns and tiaras in favour of modern Western style dress and rhinestone studded tiaras made in China.


PLEASE NOTE WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER EXPEDITED SHIPPING OUTSIDE THE UK AT THE PRESENT TIME


FURTHER DOWNLOADABLE INFORMATION ON VINTAGE HAIR COMBS, HAIRDRESSING AND COSTUME CAN BE FOUND IN MY ARCHIVE HERE:-

http://www.haircomb.co.uk/Haircombs.html

PLEASE NOTE: This link is “Etsy legal” and leads only to an archive with no merchandise for sale.

Find vintage vintage jewelry and exotic fabrics in our other shop:-

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DragonsLairVintage

RESERVED 4 TURABELLE Sumatra Indonesia wedding headdress crown headpiece (AAM)

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1980s
  • Materials: goldtone metal, rhinestones
  • Ships worldwide from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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