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A board containing a photographs of my own textile collection. Also posted with a description about the textile itself.
Pesisiran style batik in 'obar-abir' parang seling sawunggaling. A very unusual arrangement in very contrast color, a sign of contemporary batik. Obar-abir itself is a kind of batik arrangement, featuring a zigzag ornament arrangement in more than one tier. This batik from Pekalongan - North coastal of Central Java

Pesisiran style batik in 'obar-abir' parang seling sawunggaling. A very unusual arrangement in very contrast color, a sign of contemporary batik. Obar-abir itself is a kind of batik arrangement, featuring a zigzag ornament arrangement in more than one tier. This batik from Pekalongan - North coastal of Central Java

Ulos is a very iconic textile of Batak people and regularly done with quite vary technique of weaving, tapestry, beadings and embellishment in one textile. This catchy one known as "ulos sadum", a Toba sadum exactly, simply because it was made by a people of Batak Toba. New generation of sadum ulos woven with alphabetical pattern as a proof that the weaver isn't iliterate. This "DAME MADI HITA" pattern, has the meaning of 'may peace be upon us". From Toba people in Medan, South Sumatera

Ulos is a very iconic textile of Batak people and regularly done with quite vary technique of weaving, tapestry, beadings and embellishment in one textile. This catchy one known as "ulos sadum", a Toba sadum exactly, simply because it was made by a people of Batak Toba. New generation of sadum ulos woven with alphabetical pattern as a proof that the weaver isn't iliterate. This "DAME MADI HITA" pattern, has the meaning of 'may peace be upon us". From Toba people in Medan, South Sumatera

Named Ayotupas, because it is made in the village with the same name. Done in unique 'Atoni Naek' (Atoni naek : Almighty God) pattern (a representation of 'Bei Nai', an ancestors in 'Halaika' belief) which symbolize as a crocs or 'Besimnasi' in timorese language. Atoni metta, or Timorese people have faith that their ancestors are coming in a form of crocodile. From Ayotupas village, Amanatun sub district, Timor tengah selatan - East nusa tenggara

Named Ayotupas, because it is made in the village with the same name. Done in unique 'Atoni Naek' (Atoni naek : Almighty God) pattern (a representation of 'Bei Nai', an ancestors in 'Halaika' belief) which symbolize as a crocs or 'Besimnasi' in timorese language. Atoni metta, or Timorese people have faith that their ancestors are coming in a form of crocodile. From Ayotupas village, Amanatun sub district, Timor tengah selatan - East nusa tenggara

"Semarangan" handmade batik in parang seling kembang pattern. Also framed with floral pattern in vary size and design, one of pesisiran batik typical style. From Semarang - Central Java

"Semarangan" handmade batik in parang seling kembang pattern. Also framed with floral pattern in vary size and design, one of pesisiran batik typical style. From Semarang - Central Java

Hinggi kombu from Sumba..my Sumbanese ikat collection in red color (kain kombu, named after the use of 'akar kombu' or noni tree root to produce the red color from natural coloring agent). Its pattern/fabric name from left : "Hinggi patola bunga", "Hinggi tau", "Hinggi kaliuda"

Hinggi kombu from Sumba..my Sumbanese ikat collection in red color (kain kombu, named after the use of 'akar kombu' or noni tree root to produce the red color from natural coloring agent). Its pattern/fabric name from left : "Hinggi patola bunga", "Hinggi tau", "Hinggi kaliuda"

Kemben / breastwrap in very typical 'Matheron' or 'Materos' style. A red, black, blue, sogan on ivory background that quite much adopted Dutch taste. Hand draw batik from Banyumas

Kemben / breastwrap in very typical 'Matheron' or 'Materos' style. A red, black, blue, sogan on ivory background that quite much adopted Dutch taste. Hand draw batik from Banyumas

Hinggi kaworu of Kanatang..hinggi kaworu, named after the use of "daun wora" or Indigofera leaves, to produce blue color dyeing agent..Kanatang itself, well known as the best indigo ikat producer region in Sumba..all done in natural indigo dyes, from Kanatang - East Sumba

Hinggi kaworu of Kanatang..hinggi kaworu, named after the use of "daun wora" or Indigofera leaves, to produce blue color dyeing agent..Kanatang itself, well known as the best indigo ikat producer region in Sumba..all done in natural indigo dyes, from Kanatang - East Sumba

Hinggi "manu kaka" or cockatoo bird speaks an importance of deliberation in Sumba society. This hinggi classified as hinggi kombu. On the la padua / center section, this piece is decorated with "habag" / habaku pattern, indicates that this piece was designated for Rende's royal family, while the tips of this fabric end with climbing lion pattern as seen on Dutch coat of arms. Done in natural dyes, commercial thread, kabakil and fine twisted fringe. From Rende - East Sumba

Hinggi "manu kaka" or cockatoo bird speaks an importance of deliberation in Sumba society. This hinggi classified as hinggi kombu. On the la padua / center section, this piece is decorated with "habag" / habaku pattern, indicates that this piece was designated for Rende's royal family, while the tips of this fabric end with climbing lion pattern as seen on Dutch coat of arms. Done in natural dyes, commercial thread, kabakil and fine twisted fringe. From Rende - East Sumba

Ikat weaving skill spreads all over Indonesia from the most west to the most east, but NTT contribute the biggest number of both variety and weaving technique. Sikka lies on Flores island and known for their skill of makin a good and attractive ikat sarong, or locally called 'utang'. Sikka ikat been influenced by so many types of pattern, including Dutch. But this one stands for its uncommon pattern of "Garuda Pancasila" as the main motifs. From sikka - Maumere - NTT

Ikat weaving skill spreads all over Indonesia from the most west to the most east, but NTT contribute the biggest number of both variety and weaving technique. Sikka lies on Flores island and known for their skill of makin a good and attractive ikat sarong, or locally called 'utang'. Sikka ikat been influenced by so many types of pattern, including Dutch. But this one stands for its uncommon pattern of "Garuda Pancasila" as the main motifs. From sikka - Maumere - NTT

In Sumba, the artisan give a name of their textile after the most important pattern that use on it. In this fabric, karihu pattern stands among the other. Karihu is a seashell pattern (spot the most top pattern) which once only devoted as Rende's royal badge and represents a departure of first Sumbanese people by the sea. Probably from Kambera or Rende - East Sumba

In Sumba, the artisan give a name of their textile after the most important pattern that use on it. In this fabric, karihu pattern stands among the other. Karihu is a seashell pattern (spot the most top pattern) which once only devoted as Rende's royal badge and represents a departure of first Sumbanese people by the sea. Probably from Kambera or Rende - East Sumba

Old kombu hinggi in "ana tau" pattern. Ana tau has a meaning of human. This old piece depicts a man and two women, both standing by his side while their hand raising up (might be in put a spell-position). Probably from Kambera or Pau or Rende - East Sumba

Old kombu hinggi in "ana tau" pattern. Ana tau has a meaning of human. This old piece depicts a man and two women, both standing by his side while their hand raising up (might be in put a spell-position). Probably from Kambera or Pau or Rende - East Sumba

No region better exemplifies Sumba handwoven than Kaliuda..Kaliuda handwoven are very typical..done in a rows of red and black stripes contain a typical pattern such a horse rider, chicken and doves..done with natural dyes, from Kaliuda - East Sumba

No region better exemplifies Sumba handwoven than Kaliuda..Kaliuda handwoven are very typical..done in a rows of red and black stripes contain a typical pattern such a horse rider, chicken and doves..done with natural dyes, from Kaliuda - East Sumba

Kain seliran (a half part of ikat hinggi from Sumba) in ruha/reindeer pattern. The new generation of ikat Sumba is done in more attractive yet provocative composition and pattern, give the result of unrecognizable fabric origin. This fabric actually made in Kambera, but its oversized pattern similar to the depiction in Rende village. Ruha or reindeer pattern that dominates this fabric is a representation of animal that once could only hunt by Sumbanese nobleman. From Lambanapu - East Sumba

Kain seliran (a half part of ikat hinggi from Sumba) in ruha/reindeer pattern. The new generation of ikat Sumba is done in more attractive yet provocative composition and pattern, give the result of unrecognizable fabric origin. This fabric actually made in Kambera, but its oversized pattern similar to the depiction in Rende village. Ruha or reindeer pattern that dominates this fabric is a representation of animal that once could only hunt by Sumbanese nobleman. From Lambanapu - East Sumba

Palembang sarong in "rumpak bungo pacik" composition. Supplementary weft on checker base weaving. Rumpak refers to checker base weaving, while bungo pacik pattern depicts a little shaped - rose that spreading all over the sarong's bodice, represents a prosperity. From Palembang - South Sumatera.

Palembang sarong in "rumpak bungo pacik" composition. Supplementary weft on checker base weaving. Rumpak refers to checker base weaving, while bungo pacik pattern depicts a little shaped - rose that spreading all over the sarong's bodice, represents a prosperity. From Palembang - South Sumatera.

Hinggi or men's wrap from Sumba in "mahang" pattern, a depiction of a climbing lion protecting the crown which clearly inspired by Dutch coat of arms. The use of Dutch traditional design on sumba textile signaling that the textile was meant to be worn by a highest class of nobleman or "maramba". Done in very neat and dense weaving with 4 color including red, blue and black made out of natural dyes. Original pattern was derived from Rende, but this textile made in Mauliru - Sumba.

Hinggi or men's wrap from Sumba in "mahang" pattern, a depiction of a climbing lion protecting the crown which clearly inspired by Dutch coat of arms. The use of Dutch traditional design on sumba textile signaling that the textile was meant to be worn by a highest class of nobleman or "maramba". Done in very neat and dense weaving with 4 color including red, blue and black made out of natural dyes. Original pattern was derived from Rende, but this textile made in Mauliru - Sumba.

Hi'i worapi or non ceremonial men's wrap/shawl consist in three rows of main pattern, fill with branching flower motifs in asymetrical direction while the border unusually ended with knotted fringe instead of being twisted and completed with fine end stitching alongside the warp. Made out of handspun with natural dyes, an excelent old piece from Savu / Sabu - East Nusa Tenggara

Hi'i worapi or non ceremonial men's wrap/shawl consist in three rows of main pattern, fill with branching flower motifs in asymetrical direction while the border unusually ended with knotted fringe instead of being twisted and completed with fine end stitching alongside the warp. Made out of handspun with natural dyes, an excelent old piece from Savu / Sabu - East Nusa Tenggara