Ikat textile

Material Information

Ikat textile
Series Title:
Objects of instruction : treasures of SOAS
Alternate Title:
Ikat tekstil
On loan from Elizabeth Moore.
Place of Publication:
Sumba, Indonesia
Publication Date:
L242 x W122 cm in


Subjects / Keywords:
Ikat ( lcsh )
Textiles ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- Indonesia -- Sumba
-9.666667 x 120


The handwoven warp ikats of Sumba are well known for their use of large graphic motifs. In the past, the highly patterned ikats were woven only by noblewomen, and although they continue to be made on back strap body-tensioned looms, manufacture is no longer exclusive to the elite. Many ikats are used in rituals connected with rites of passage, and reflect fertility and local cosmological beliefs. Others are for domestic use, local barter or inter-island export. The piece seen here was made using traditional techniques, colours and motifs, although the repetition of the lizard along the length of the cloth is a contemporary innovation. (Text by John T. Carpenter and Yoshiko Yasumura, from the exhibition catalogue: Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Anna Contadini, Editor. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007.) ( en )
General Note:
The 'Objects of instruction : the treasures of SOAS' exhibition was funded through a generous gift from the Foyle Foundation and with the support of the Arts & Humanities Research Council.
General Note:
Source: A. Contadini (ed.), Objects of instruction : treasures of the School of Oriental and African Studies. London : SOAS, University of London, 2007. Listed as item number: 47

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Brunei Gallery
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.