Woman’s sarong, mantle
Lio people, Flores, Eastern Indonesia
Factory-made thread, commercial dyes, 2010
Anne and John Summerfield Textile Study Collection
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross
This is a somewhat more modest Lio ikat than the other Lio piece shown in the exhibition. This ikat was purchased in 2010 in the tourist town of Candidasa in Bali: it had been brought there by a broker who travels back and forth between ikat weaving communities in Eastern Indonesia and Bali, bringing textiles to tourist spots like Candidasa. These ikats are then sold to fairly well-off travelers (since most backpacker tourists tend to stick to cheaper goods).
In the Lio villages of Flores, many communities use textiles like this one as mantles, as ceremonial clothing, as parts of offerings, and as ritual exchange gifts between wife-giving houses and wife-receiving houses.