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Lau Hemba Pahudu

Woman's Sarong

Lau hemba pahudu refers to a tubular sarong with supplementary warp patterning in both the upper and lower sections. Ikat may also appear in the textile. The tapestry-like supplementary motif is created during the weaving process. Textiles in Sumba have always functioned both as an indication of status and a means of ritual exchange.

Colours 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.

The classic dragon image is referred to as a ularu katiku iyang or the snake with the diamond in his third eye. This motif may only be used on textiles by the high caste or royals of Sumba. This motif is seen as a symbol of power, authority and nobility.

Ikat, three panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied dyed and woven in Rindi, Sumba, 2019.
127 x 6 cm


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