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Ikat from Ndona, Flores Group, Indonesia

085 Flores Group, Ndona

Lawo (sarong)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Flores Group, Ndona
Locale: Almost certainly Enlace.
Period: 1930-1940
Yarn: Cotton, wheel spun, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 3
Size: 69 x 153 cm (2' 3" x 5' 0")
Weight: 655 g (23.1 oz), 310 g/m2 (1.02 oz/ft2)
Design: Lawo one mesa, in the tradition created in the 1930's by Theresia Sue that deviates from the banded or midfield dominated style. Made of three panels stitched together, entirely covered with patola-like design of overlapping diamonds, that runs up to the plain weave borders.
Comment: Rare example of the one mesa style. A fine heirloom in pristine condition. Complex pattern executed with great precision. Small imperfection in alignment of the bottom panel, but still a very good piece, showing the hand of a master weaver.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Flores Group and Ndona.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 061 062 045 099 082
Literature: Hamilton, Gift of the Cotton Maiden, p. 136/137. For further reference on the style called one mesa see Hamilton, Textile Change in 20th Century Ndona, Flores in Nabholz-Kartaschoff c.s. Weaving Patterns of Life.
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