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