Image: Indonesian textile E66100A

Indonesian textile E66100A

This Ikat Adat or traditional ikat is a length of cloth with the loom still in place, to illustrate the weaving process. The cloth was made in Waituba Village in the Andonara Island, east of Flores in 1970. The grandmother of the woman who made this ikat came from Flores and this explains why the design contains a mixture of the traditional Flores 'necklace' motif and the Andonaran semi-swastika traditional pattern which is associated with the earlier Hindu religion of the area, the meanings of which have since been lost after the region became predominantly Christian.

Luisa Garfoot
© Australian Museum

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