Image: Indonesian textile E66094A

Indonesian textile E66094A

This traditional Ikat Adat is an uncut length of woven fabric. It was made in 1972 by the Manggarai people of West Flores, the area with a strong cultural influence of the Macassans and Chinese immigrants from the Indonesian islands to the north. The distinctively elaborate design of the ikat, depicting peacocks and flowers, shows the obvious influence of the designs and patterns on Chinese ceramics, some of which have been found in the area.

Luisa Garfoot
© Australian Museum

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