(Indonesia – )
156.5 x 64.5 cm one side of tube; 156.5 x 129.0 cm overall tube
This tubular ikat skirtcloth is decorated with supplementary warp patterning and beading and is an example of textiles made for the highest ranking members of Sumbanese society. This cloth is decorated with abstract and geometric motifs and the dominant colour is red, a colour usually associated with aristocracy. As with other traditional Indonesian cultures, Sumbanese textiles are a signifier of status and wealth and are important in ritual gift exchanges.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2003
William Ingram, Threads of life: Sustaining the textile arts of Indonesia, Bali, 2002, 27-29. General reference
Symbols and Ceremonies: Indonesian Textile Traditions, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Apr 2006–28 May 2006