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Heamba Teara

Man’s Traditional Belt

The designer has chosen to create bands of ikat patterning it in the upper and lower section of the textile as a reflection. Textiles in Sumba have always functioned both as an indication of status and a means of ritual exchange. Colors and motifs worn still denote an individual’s position in the island’s complex social hierarchy. This textile, combining these available decorative techniques, would mark its wearer as being of a high rank.

Warp ikat, single panel with twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Made in Petawang, East Sumba, 2011.
254 x 38cm /100 x 15 in
US$ 600

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