Image: Indonesian textile E90142A

Indonesian textile E90142A

This Pahikul or Pahikung ikat is a hand-woven scarf from Sumba. It is an example of the Pahikul technique - a complex weaving method that brought recognition to the weaver and was highly symbolic of clan, rank, gender and ancestral affiliation amongst the head-hunter tribal people of East Sumba. This design features patterns of skull-trees, known as andung, with ancestral figures. The skull-tree motif has roots in the head-hunter history of Sumba. It evokes tales of male prowess and the power of particular clans and implies the death of the enemy and the security of the village. Size: 148 x 19cm

Luisa Garfoot
© Australian Museum

Last Updated: