A pretty Java Indonesian wedding headdress with rhinestone flowers on trembler springs
This wonderful headdress would be ideal for pageants, fancy dress and would make an impressive statement as a piece of interior decor. It can be mounted on the wall or displayed on a stand.
CONDITION: This headdress has been worn and loved by previous Indonesian brides so the loss of some rhinestones or small repairs are to be expected. Generally good vintage condition.
SIZE: 4½ ins h x 10 ins w (11 x 29 cm)
MATERIALS: metal, rhinestones
Here is a wonderful ceremonial Java Indonesian headdress of the type which is worn for weddings and special occasions.
The headdress is based upon a flexible band of gilded metal, surmounted by two rows of goldtone flowers and with an antiqued gold tone finish. The flowers are made from antiqued gold tone metal and each flower has clear rhinestones set into it. All these various elements are set upon spiral springs which cause them to tremble when the wearer moves and are soldered to the flexible headband.
The photographs show the effect on the mannequin. A selection of traditional Indonesian headdresses is shown in the collage photo.
Large and elaborate headdresses are still part of the traditional dress worn on festive and ceremonial occasions such as weddings in Borneo, Sarawak, Sumatra, Java 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. 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 complete outfits of wedding regalia for both bride and groom are now usually rented from a specialist company who also does the bridal make up and hairdressing for the great day.
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Indonesian traditional wedding headdress flowers on springs headpiece
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