Threads Of Life

Supplementary Warp Patterning


In Sumba and West Timor, some weavers create patterns with supplementary warps, a technique called pahikung in Sumbanese and sotis in the Timorese Dawan language. In these techniques, extra warps float above several passes of the weft thread. Weaving with supplementary warps is a slow and difficult process. Timorese sotis rarely dominates a textile, but pahikung from East Sumba can cover entire panels with dense, intricate patterns.