The Lampung people of southern Sumatra are justly famous for some of the most remarkable textiles in Indonesia. Perhaps the most iconic of these are the ‘ship cloths’, so-called because their central motif consists of one or more ships fitted with elaborate prows. The ships are typically surrounded by a complex of ancestor figures and images of animals, tree forms and small shrines. This ship cloth is a rare form called a taitibin, which are much smaller versions of the three-meter long palepai. Unlike the more common tampan cloths, taitbins and palepais can only be used by aristocrats on important occasions such as marriage and circumcision rituals. This particular cloth depicts a blue ship with a “tree of life” in the middle. Authentic ship cloths were no longer produced since the late 19th century.