Ikat, Lio people, Flores, Indonesia.
These large (2m. x 1.80m approx) cotton warp ikat clothes are men's sarongs of occasion, of ceremony, of status, or magical protective power, dating from the turn of the century. Normally sewn in a tube, these pieces are pictured here opened, which allows better appreciation of the gatelike overall motif, undoubtedly descended, again, from the medieval double ikat silk patola cloth; (except lower right which draws from indigenous animistic motifs).
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