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Woman’s sarong
Savu Island, Eastern Indonesia
Warp ikat
Mercerized cotton, natural indigo dyes
Anne and John Summerfield Textile Study Collection
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross

woman's sarong from Savu

This is a contemporary sarong in intense blues (one light, one near-black, both made from natural indigo dyes).  Greater Blossom Clan motifs (Savu ikats are design-coded for clan membership).  A wearer would step into this cloth tube, pull it up so that the bottom edge is even with her ankles, then tie a string tightly around the cloth above her breasts.  She would then pull the top of the tube down over her waist and affix it there a gold or silver belt.