HANDWOVEN SUMBA HINGGI IKAT FROM THE WAINGAPU REGION. HANDWOVEN ON A BACKSTRAP LOOM, MADE WITH HANDSPUN COTTON, NATURALLY DYED WITH VEGETABLE DYES. RICH COLORS ADORNED WITH STYLIZED ANIMAL MOTIFS AND GEOMETRIC PATTERNS.
SIZE: 44"L x 13.75"W
(Seen on the right of photo 1)
In the center, protective ancestors and butterflies representing lightness of being, and fierce lions and court people lined up watching the mighty ancestor.
From the Indonesian island of Sumba, Nusa Tenggara
Around 50+ years old
Each textile was woven with a very ancient way of creating designs in fabric and with natural indigo dies -red, purple & blue.
In rare cases, such as on this piece, nassa shells are applied for an additional dimension and beauty to the right side of the songket's natural cotton hand woven background
Each stunning one of a kind handspun Ceremonial Warp Ikat runner was woven by hand on a narrow back-strap loom in a labor-intensive process, and features motifs that are associated with royalty in East Sumba. Often animal and plant designs alternate with geometric motifs and cultural symbols derived from the Sumbanese animistic religion.
The ikats such as these often bear motifs of bold, bright designs of people, animals and animistic totems while those of the west are more abstract. Taking up to two years to produce, a full sized cloth is highly prized.
Each textile was created with a very ancient way of creating designs in fabric and with natural indigo dies -red, purple & blue.
The floating and supplementary warp techniques seen here create a rich tapestry-like effect. Handspun Sumbanese textiles can take up to 2 years to weave and can command the same value as a water buffalo. The intricacies of this piece and the variety of color show the skill of a veteran Sumbanese weaver. This is a wonderful art form and the Sumbanese pride themselves greatly for their intricate and meaningful designs inspired by the merapu ancestral spirits, nature and animals. The weaving and wearing of these colorful textiles used to be the privilege of the nobility. These textiles fulfill several functions in society. As family heirlooms, they play a prominent role in the ritual exchange of gifts (currency) and, most important, in funeral rites.
Other photos besides these 3 textiles seen here are of people wearing them.
All our textiles come with research and photos and we have others available as well.
We have Hand carved Textile Hanging Display Bars available which were created by hand especially for these decorative textiles in case you want to hang this precious collectible on the wall, which creates a rich and outstanding designer look.
All our collector and rare items come with pages and pages of research about provenance, and with history of the tribes and photos as well, depending on item and whenever possible. When shipping internationally, we group ship multiple purchases to save you money, and find the best rates. If you have any questions or want to see.