Ikat from Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia. - "Average blue Sumba with a strong pattern, and decent weaving. This type of hinggi is typical of the kind worn by commoners, other colours being forbidden to them."
Hinggi Sumba. Indonesia 45"x 95"plus fringe. Warp ikat. Cotton. This ikat is dyed with the traditional indigo and kombu dyes.
Ready to sell: a gallery in Waingapu, Sumba, selling handmade ikat. The word ikat means to bind. It is also known as the tie and dye process used by weavers in Indonesia, and Sumba is famous for producing some of the most beautiful examples using traditional methods. (Photo by Electra Gillies)