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Ikat from Sikka, Flores Group, Indonesia

050 Flores Group, Sikka

Utang (sarong)detail  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Flores Group, Sikka
Locale: Maumere area. Lamaholot people.
Period: Circa 1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 70 x 259 cm (2' 3" x 8' 5")
Weight: 785 g (27.7 oz), 433 g/m2 (1.42 oz/ft2)
Design: Utang jentiu. Intricate motifs, possibly patola-inspired, in white on indigo, bands of small geometrical designs in pink on aubergine, with a few very narrow stripes in warm yellow, green and light blue.
Comment: Very clear drawing, all natural dyes. Cloth for a sarong, but never cut and sewn into sarong, just laid away, so it looks new. [Image shows one half of the cloth, which would be cut in two and sewn together along a selvedge, then sewn together at the ends to form a tube skirt.) Sikka cloth of above average quality, even though some of the patterns on the half not shown are somewhat askew.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Flores Group and Sikka.
Compare: 051
Literature: Very similar to sarong in Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 390, also left uncut; and to pre-1940 sarong in Tropenmuseum, Nr. 1772-1142. Also similar to sarong from before 1929 in Ernst Vatter collection, depicted in Barnes, Ostindonesien im 20. Jahrhundert, Page 158, Kat. Nr. 98. See also example in Hamilton, Gift of the Cotton Maiden, Fig. 7-11, identified as utang mitang.
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