Logo Pusaka Collection
spacer ONLINE MUSEUM OF INDONESIAN IKAT TEXTILES   CURATOR: PETER TEN HOOPEN  BROWSE FROM:  [RANDOM] [001] [025] [050] [075] [100] [125] [150] [175] [200] [225] [250] [275] [293]





  • 025 LEMBATA
    Wela (sarong). Warp ikat. 1925-1940. Kedang region of Eastern Lembata; imported from Eastern Adonara, or made locally in Kalikur.
  • 047 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. Early 20th c. Lamalera, whalers community. Lamaholot people.
  • 048 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 19th or very early 20th c. Lamalera; whalers community. Lamaholot people.
  • 098 SOLOR
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. Circa 1940. Village unknown. Lamaholot people.
  • 114 ALOR
    Sarong. Warp ikat. 1920-1940. Village unknown. Lamaholot people.
  • 115 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 19th or early 20th c. Ili Api. Lamaholot people.
  • 119 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 19th or very early 20th c. Atadei. Lamaholot people.
  • 126 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. Late 19th to early 20th c. Lamalera, whalers community, or Atadei. Lamaholot people.
  • 130 ADONARA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. Late 19th to early 20th C. Village unknown. Lamaholot people.
  • 131 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 19th or very early 20th c. Ili Api. Lamaholot people.
  • 148 SOLOR
    Sarong. Warp ikat. 1940-1955. Probably from Tanah Lein area. Lamaholot people.
  • 166 ALOR
    Sarong. Warp ikat. 1920-1950. West Alor, Bird's Head Peninsula, also referred to as Kabola or Adang Peninsula after the languages spoken here.
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. Circa 1950. Buaya or Ternate (precise identification impossible due to stylistic similarity).
  • 178 LEMBATA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 19th to early 20th c. Kedang, Eastern Lembata, most probably 'imported' from Ili Api.
  • 179 SOLOR
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. Ca 1950. Tanalein, on south coast of the island.
  • 184 PANTAR
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 1925-1950. Village unknown. Lamaholot people.
  • 221 SOLOR
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. First half 20th c. Western Solor, village unknown. Lamaholot people.
  • 284 ADONARA
    Kewatek (sarong). Warp ikat. 19th c. Unidentified.

Solor Archipelago

This group of small islands and islets is interesting as much for what we don't as about what we do know about them. They are all populated by Lamaholot people, but are culturally quite distinct, which shows in their textiles. Please refer to the pages for the individual islands. From west to east:
The ikat traditions of Lembata have been well documented, those of Solor in much less detail (both mainly by Ruth Barnes), those of Alor only in passing and long ago (Ernst Vatter), those of Adonara hardly. The textiles from Pantar and the tiny islands off Alor - Pura, Buaya (a.k.a. Kisu) and Ternate - have not been studied at all to our knowledge. They share a vernacular characterized by the common banded structure of the general Lamaholot area, and decoration with simple geometric and aquatic motifs, mainly fishes, manta rays, and turtles. This makes them similar to Alor textiles, but with a more naturalistic representation.
     Because of their similarity the exact provenance of cloths from this group can occasionally be hard to establish, even for experts, especially when they are early 20th C. or older. Wisely, two early sarongs in the Borwin Lüth collection are identified as Pantar (Alor?). There is yet another island in the group, Pura, wedged in between Alor and Pantar, but so far we have not had relieable reports of any ikat originating from this nearly barren island, essentially a volcanic cone with a few hamlets.



The Solor Archipelago, except for a few small pockets, forms part of the Lamaholot cultural space. For literature please refer to the section on Lamaholot people, and to the pages on the individual islands.

Map of the Solor Archipelago

map Solor archipelago

©Peter ten Hoopen, 2018. All rights reserved.


echo "";