A beautiful vintage Indonesian Sumatra wedding tiara, crown or headdress with flowers and leaves
CONDITION: this vintage hair accessory was part of the stock of a wedding outfitter and has been used by Indonesian brides. Signs of wear and use and small repairs are to be expected on such items.
SIZE: 4 ins h x 11 ins w (approx 7.5 x 28 cm) inner diameter of headband adjustable from 6½ - 7½ ins approx (16 – 19 cm) to fit different head sizes.
MATERIALS: antiqued gold tone metal and decorative stones
The headdress is based upon a flexible band of gilded metal, surmounted by several rows of goldtone metal flowers and leaves with an antiqued finish. Nearest to the hair is a row of repousee brass flowers each with a large red rhinestone set into the centre. Next are clusters of smaller flowers, and above them a final crowning of leaves on spiral springs. The leaves stand up behind the row of flowers and the spiral springs cause them to tremble when the wearer moves.
All these various elements are soldered to a metal framework which has an integral wire loop so that it can be hung on the wall for an ornament. Long pendants hang from each side of the headdress to shoulder length.
The photographs show the effect on the mannequin.
This wonderful headdress would be ideal for pageants, fancy dress and exotic photo shoots.
Large and elaborate headdresses are still part of the traditional dress worn on festive and ceremonial occasions such as weddings in Borneo, Sarawak, Sumatra and other western islands. Elaborate metal headings gilded, embossed and engraved are attached to combs and worn tiara like on the front or top of the head. These are frequently accompanied by many quivering metallic pins set with rhinestones and adding sparkle.
Such hair combs and headdresses are still 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 for both bride and groom are now usually rented from a Pemaes or specialist company who also does the bridal make up and hairdressing for the great day.
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