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Woman’s sarong
West Timor, Indonesia, or Timor Leste
Warp ikat, handspun cotton
Natural dyes with some aniline dyes in warp selvedge bands.
Circa 1970s
Anne and John Summerfield Textile Study Collection
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross

sarong detail

Larger and smaller bands of ikat course across this striking textile, a fine example of the Timorese weaver ‘s and dyer’s art. In the wider bands: lizards inside lizards inside lizards—a reference to the continuity of families?  Timor ikats have much variety of dye palette and motifs; weaving expertise remains at a high level today.