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Ikat from East Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia

072 Sumba, East Sumba

Hinggi (men's blanket)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Sumba, East Sumba
Locale: Rende (or Kenatang?)
Period: 1950s
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 120 x 245 cm (3' 11" x 8' 0")
Weight: 830 g (29.3 oz), 282 g/m2 (0.92 oz/ft2)
Design: Richly detailed portraits in white of crowned Queen Wilhelmina surrounded by climbing lions (from Dutch coat of arms). Patola-inspired midfield with large medallions, probably a variant of the habak or habaku motif that is the prerogative of the Kanatang royal family. Dark and light indigo and two shades of morinda red on ecru. No kabakil (woven borders).
Comment: Vintage piece of high quality. Intricate patterning in four colours with fine details, which has required a high number of bindings. Clean weaving and strong colours. Absence of kabakil indicates that it was never used, but stored as a pusaka. Microscopy shows that the double ply yarn was hand spun or wheel spun rather than factory made, as might have been presumed by its fineness and relative youth. Immaculate state of preservation with strong colours. On account of the many blue elements and rows of animals a Rende provenance seems more likely than Kenatang, where the queen motif was also used.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Sumba and East Sumba.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014, Carpet Collector 1/2016
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