Sumbanese ikat textiles are a unique and beautiful art form practiced on the island of Sumba in Indonesia for centuries. Ikat is a method of dyeing cloth in which the threads are tied and dyed before they are woven. This creates intricate and often abstract patterns unique to each piece of cloth.
Sumbanese ikat textiles are traditionally used for ceremonial purposes, such as weddings and funerals. They are also worn as everyday clothing and are often used as gifts or to decorate homes.
The art of these textile weaving is passed down from generation to generation. The weavers use various natural materials, including cotton, silk, and wool. The dyes are also natural and are made from plants and minerals. The process of making these beautiful textiles is long and labor-intensive. Completing a single piece of cloth can take months or even years. The weavers must carefully tie and dye the threads and then weave them together on a loom.
Sumbanese ikat textiles are a valuable part of the island's cultural heritage. They are a beautiful and unique art form that is a testament to the skill and artistry of the Sumbanese people.
Empowering the women and girls of Sumba who are survivors of domestic violence by highlighting their talents in the art of traditional ikat textiles.
Each ikat is handmade from natural dyes using tree bark and flowers to extract color. The handmade process can take up to 3 months to make one 3 meter ikat, each telling a unique story from the woman who made it.
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