The classic dragon ikat image on this traditional textile is considered a symbol of power. The Sumbanese name is ulanu katiku iyang or the dragon/snake with the diamond in his third eye. This motif may only be used on textile by the high caste or royals of Sumba. Lau Pahudu refers to a two-part tubular sarong with ikat patterning as well as supplementary floating warp. Textile in Sumba have always functioned both as an indication of status and a means of ritual exchange. Colours and motifs still denote an individual's position in the island's complex social hieranchy. This textile, combining these available decorative techniques, would mark its wearer as being of a high rank.
The village of Prai Yawang maintains it’s animistic ties to the Marapu beliefs still following the traditional ways of caring for the land and maintaining. This textile would be lovely as a bed throw or placed on the back of a couch. It can also be worn with a belt for a special occasion.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, two panels sewn together into a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed and woven in Prai Yawang, East Sumba, 2022. Size 105 x 68 cm / 41.5 x 27 in
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