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Ikat from Solor, Solor Archipelago, Indonesia

148 Solor Archipelago, Solor

Sarong  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Solor Archipelago, Solor
Locale: Probably from Tanah Lein area. Lamaholot people.
Period: 1940-1955
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 60.5 x 133 cm (1' 11" x 4' 4")
Weight: 630 g (22.2 oz), 391 g/m2 (1.28 oz/ft2)
Design: Kewatek kemeta, bridewealth sarong, consisting of two panels sewn together. The chief motifs are the meandering patterns typical for Solor. The indigo field is typical for the cluster of villages around Tanalein.
Comment: Rare example of the type. Executed in fine hand spun with accents in trade thread. Re locale: as Khan Majlis notes in Woven Messages, 'A definite attribution is not always possible as there are so few examples for comparison.' A few vague pale smudges not affecting overall appearance, otherwise in excellent condition.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Solor Archipelago and Solor.
Compare: 098
Literature: Cf. Roy Hamilton, Gift of the Cotton Maiden, p. 172, describing the kewatek kemeta.
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