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Antique Sumba Ikat Hinggi - Handloom Veg Dye Cotton 126 For Sale
This Sumba ikat is part of a museum collection that was sold at sale here in New York. I was able to acquire most of the Sumba ikat pieces in this collection and I will be offering other ikats in the coming weeks. All sales will open at $9.99 with .This is one of the most incredible pieces from the collection. You can see horses and riders, birds of various types, snakes as well as lots of human heads - presumed to be detached from their bodies (the Sumba were head hunters). The animals on the top are probably modeled after the lions on the Dutch coat of arms. I am not sure of its exact age but believe it is somewhere around mid 20th century but very possibly earlier. condition: good size: 98" x 43" (245 x 108 cm)IKATIkat is an amazing and very labor intensive textile technique. The entire warp of the textile is laid out in advance and then the design is created by dying each color in turn Where it gets really complicated is that with each dying all the areas that are not to be colored with that particular dye have to be covered with ties (like in tie dying) to protect them from absorbing the unwanted dye. When the dying is finished the warp is then put on the hand loom and it is woven in the traditional way. The unique quality of these textiles comes from the way colors of the threads of the warp naturally misalign. HINGGITo make hinggi two identical panels are woven and then hand sewn together.More about hinggi from Wikipedia: "Hinggi are large warp ikat decorated blankets used for adat exchanges and as a mans clothing. They are usually made in pairs, one cloth is wrapped around the hips and the other thrown over the shoulder. When destined for the nobility the cloths are usually larger and are dyed with red and indigo. The color and motif combine to indicate the status of the wearer as well as the giver. In the past only the nobility had the right to the use and wear such cloth. They were seen only at great festivals, where they were worn by nobles, their family and retainers as a sign of their power and wealth, which was concomitant with the wealth of the total society.The subjects of the designs refer to local objects such as horses, roosters, deer snakes fish and prawn. Other specifically Sumbanese images include the skull tree and the mamuli, a gold ornament which is also a rank indicator. As well as these, foreign symbols such as dragons taken from Chinese ceramics and the rampant lions of the Dutch coat of arms are sometimes incorporated."