Rare old ceremonial hand spun hand woven black hemp textile loin cloth, Protective royal ancestor motif guarded by marine animals, Embroidery is hand twisted bark rope fiber twine. Melolo Village Sumba Indonesia (RE2) 35" x 13.5"

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Sumba Melolo Tapestry Runner Twine Embroidery Handspun Hemp. Black Hand-woven textile with unusual embroideries created out of hand-twisted vegetal rope fiber twine. Motif representing a royal Ancestor in court dress guarded by snakes 

 Measures: 35" x 13.5"


 Rare, unique, vintage collectible

From Melolo Village

(Seen on photos)

Woven by hand on a narrow back strap loom and embroidered afterwards 

This is a wonderful art form and the Sumbanese pride themselves greatly for their amazing textiles inspired by the Merapu ancestral spirits, nature and animals. These textiles fulfill several functions in society. As family heirlooms, they play a prominent role in the ritual exchange of gifts and, most important, in funeral rites.

 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 available.

 We have accumulated a tremendous amount of unique collector pieces, art and textiles, throughout the years but my husband will be 78 soon and I am not much younger so we feel it is time for us to start selling pieces from our personal collection accumulated over the last 35 yrs to eventually move to smaller quarters and have less to worry about.

  All our textiles come with research and photos and we have others available as well.

  We have Hand carved Textile Hanging Display Bars available, created by hand especially for these decorative textiles in case you want to hang this precious collectable on the wall which creates a rich and outstanding designer look.