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Ikat from Sikka, Flores Group, Indonesia

053 Flores Group, Sikka

Utang (sarong)  magnifier

Origin: Flores Group, Sikka
Locale: Welai village, Maumere area. Lamaholot people.
Period: 1930s
Yarn: Cotton, ca. 99% hand-spun
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 61.5 x 138.5 cm (2' 0" x 4' 6")
Weight: 760 g (26.8 oz), 446 g/m2 (1.46 oz/ft2)
Design: Large motifs probably inspired by jilamprang and small geometrical designs in pink on a background of well saturated, almost maroon morinda, and enlivened with dashes of pale indigo. Pinstripes stripes in white, green, orange and red commercial silk or cotton.
Comment: Festive older Sikka sarong from Maumere area that shows use but is in very good condition. Clearly worn and washed multiple times (though washing such cloths if often put off a long time) but without any fraying. Hand spun enriched with a few accents in brightly coloured silk. Above average example of the type.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Flores Group and Sikka.
Compare: 093
Literature: Similar sarong (but without commercial yarn) from before 1929 collected by Ernst Vatter depicted in Barnes, Ostindonesien im 20. Jahrhundert, Abb. 212. Similar cloth (early 20th C.) in Khan Majlis, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 395.
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