PARTIALLY TIED IKAT THREADS, LAMBANAPU, SUMBA

Indonesian weavers are famous for a tie-dye technique called ikat, meaning “to tie a knot”. The weaver stretches her warp or weft on a wooden frame and ties strands of palm leaf or plastic raffia around small bundles of threads. After hours of tying, the bindings begin to form patterns: stylized plants and animals, motifs declaring clan and status, pictures and words that illustrate ancient myths and recent events.

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