Image: Indonesian Textile E66093A
This Ikat Adat or traditional ikat is a sarong for women. It was made in the early 20th century in Bima village in East Flores. The ikat was hand woven with industrially-made dyes and motifs associated with the ‘Dong Son bronze and megaliths culture’ which had a strong influence in the region. The ikat was given as a gift to a local villager for saving the life of a relative.
Sarong is a word adopted from Malay and it describes a large tube or sheet of fabric wrapped around the waist as an equivalent of a skirt, commonly used in South East Asia.
- Luisa Garfoot
- © Australian Museum