Tanimbar Islands, Eastern Indonesia
Handspun cotton and commercial silk thread
Anne and John Summerfield Textile Study Collection
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross
A sarong in tube form, for ceremonial use and as an item of marriage alliance exchange gift-giving. Two woven panels have been machine stitched together. The pattern consists of bands of ikatted fabric and warp lines woven in commercial silk thread. In Tanimbar societies, such textiles and silver ornaments such as chains and heavy earrings are exchanged at weddings between hierarchically ranked houses.