TImor-Leste (East Timor)
Nusa Tenggara (Eastern Indonesia)
Flores Lio (for more information see )
Two Sumba Lau Pahudu skirts with supplementary warp. For more information (site)
Lembata Island near Flores (for more information : site )
The ethnic multiplicity of the Indonesian population has led to the development of a great variety of textile traditions with many different patterns and production techniques.
Over centuries textiles have been most important, distinguishing their wearers by region and with respect to wealth, status or hierarchical rank, sex as well as age group. They have also played a key role as valuable exchange goods. Being an important part of the family heirloom they were carefully kept to be passed on to the descendants. Still today, they are worn at many ceremonies and most of the social gatherings.
Ikat is the decorative technique (site) predominantly used in Nusa Tenggara. More complex weaving techniques are also found such as supplementary warp which can be seen on the striking Lau Pahudu textiles of Sumba.
Since the textiles shown below have been acquired in the 70's, most of the dyes used were natural.
The topic of Nusa Tenggara textiles is highly complex, thus we have tried to include as often as possible, specific information sites. BAB Books gives an excellent overall description of traditional textiles in Indonesia (see) and
Three Sumba Hinggi (men's mantle)
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Three Savu traditional ikat tubular women's skirts (for more details see )