Sumba

Symbolism and Allusion

Symbolism and Allusion
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The island of Sumba suffers from some of Indonesia’s most intractable poverty, with entrenched social stratification, poor education and poorer soils exacerbating each other as causes. For weavers and concerned community leaders, the textile arts and related traditions can express both the best of the ancestral culture and open access for poor weavers to economic development.