Vintage Ikat Sumba Animal Pattern

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Ikat is a dyeing technique used to design patterns in textiles. The process must be repeated several times to eventually create a multicolored and special pattern. 

The weaving is done by the female members of the village. A full sized, hand spun, Sumba cloth can take up to two years to complete. It is a time consuming process starting with the spinning of the yarn, made from local home grown cotton

The motifs in a cloth vary throughout the island and most Sumbanese can identify the weavers’ clan by the motif of their cloth. The symbols are mostly Marapu ancestral spirits expressed in birth, on-going life, death and reincarnation.

Each rug is a beautiful cultural art piece which is made with care.

Size: H280 (including ruffles) - W132 cm.