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Shoulder cloth or cloak version of a Lawo manusia
Lio people, Flores, Eastern Indonesia
Commercial cotton thread, natural dyes
1900-1950
Anne and John Summerfield Textile Study Collection
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross
2005.04.05

shoulder cloth
shoulder cloth close up
Detail

Dyers and weavers from Lio society in Flores are famous for their luxuriant brown and gold-brown ikats like this one.  Lawo manusia means that this cloak includes manusia, human figures (in stick figure form, holding lamps).  The humans are accompanied by dogs.  In Flores today weaving thrives at a high level of expertise.  This cloak or shoulder cloth shows geometric shapes as well.  Some Lio cloths take elements of patola trade cloth design.  Lio ikats are for everyday and ceremonial use and are also important in marriage alliance exchange, as gifts between wife-givers and wife-receivers.