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An image of Valence with stylised figures and birds by
Alternate image of Valence with stylised figures and birds by

East Sumba, Indonesia

Valence with stylised figures and birds
Place of origin
East SumbaIndonesia
circa 1970
Media category
Materials used
cotton and natural dyes; supplementary weft design in Pahikung weave

40.0 x 198.0 cm

Gift of Dr John Yu and Dr George Soutter 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

As in many parts of Indonesia, in Sumba textiles represent one of the most significant artforms. The most fully developed textile tradition existed in the East of the island where where textiles were made to fulfil ritual, ceremonial and everyday functions.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2003.

Bibliography (4)

Mattiebelle Gittinger, Splendid symbols: textiles and tradition in Indonesia, Singapore, 1990.

Robyn Maxwell, Textiles of Southeast Asia : tradition, trade and transformation, Canberra, 1990.

Jes A. Therik, Tenun ikat dari Timur: keindahan anggun warisan leluhur = Ikat in eastern archipelago: an esoteric beauty of ancestral entity, Jogjakarta, 1989.

Wanda Warming and Michael Gaworski, The world of Indonesian textiles, Japan, 1981.

Exhibition history (1)

Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006