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Ikat from Lembata, Solor Archipelago, Indonesia

048 Solor Archipelago, Lembata

Kewatek (sarong)  magnifier

Origin: Solor Archipelago, Lembata
Locale: Lamalera; whalers community. Lamaholot people.
Period: 19th or very early 20th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 3
Size: 103 x 185 cm (3' 4" x 6' 0")
Design: Kewatek nai telo, three panel sarong decorated with - according to local informers - whalers' rowing/sailing prahus (peledang) with long oars, sting rays (ikan pari), and human figures (ata cliken). Executed in three shades of brownish red, with narrow bands in dark indigo, sand brown and violet.
Comment: An outstanding example of Lamalera ikat weaving. Motifs stand out well from background and weaving is relatively tight. Human figures are rarely seen on such cloths. As for the interpretation of the motif as depicting peledang, this may be a Lembatan interpreation of a motif found throughout the archipelago which shows the rigging of a vessel that plays a vital role in myths of origin. It is historical fact that the people of Lamalerap are relatively recent arrivals on the island.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Solor Archipelago and Lembata.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15. Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, 2017.
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014, Carpet Collector 1/2015
Compare: 047 115 131 119 126
Literature: Similar bridewealth sarong, with similar structure but with other motif in central panel (patola-based rather than figurative) in Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, p.92.
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