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Stunning ikat from Sumba

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We have always loved the brilliant and bold warp ikat textiles made on the island of Sumba - one of the Nusa Tenggara islands of eastern  Indonesia.

The motifs are full of meaning and the textiles themselves are traditionally made and used for ceremonies and exchanges vital to Sumbanese community life. Nowadays,  they are also made to sell.

Well, we finally made it to  Sumba in late 2017 and we tracked down a few villages where fine, naturally dyed, hand woven cloths are still being made. The whole process of preparing the yarns, dyeing, tying the warp threads, setting up the looms and finally weaving and finishing the cloth is still being followed in the time honoured way, ably assisted by copious amounts of betel nut.

If you're interested in more about Sumba and its textiles, have a look at my blog "Buffalo, betel nut and bold, beautiful textiles from Sumba".

More Indonesian ikat textiles are on the Flores Ikat section

Photo of our Horses and egrets old Sumba ikat
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Horses and egrets old Sumba ikat

Beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from west Sumba.

Lovely and very striking designs of horses with riders, white egrets (or geese?) and chickens. This piece was made at least 60 years ago and is in excellent condition, having been stored away carefully. The colours are still bright and vibrant. Expert morinda root dyes.

Size: 2.5 m x 105 cms (inc fringes)

S109 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Horses and egrets old Sumba ikat
£220.00 each Buy
Photo of our Dragons in the night sky Sumba ikat

Dragons in the night sky Sumba ikat

Beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.5 m x 46 cms (inc fringes)

Deep indigo blue background with apricot and white

S102 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Dragons in the night sky Sumba ikat
£230.00 each Buy
Photo of our Patola flowers Sumba ikat

Patola flowers Sumba ikat

Beautiful, plant dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.3 m x 49 cms (inc fringes)

Beautiful natural reds, browns, creams and turquoise blue

S103 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Patola flowers Sumba ikat
£230.00 each Buy
Photo of our Dozens of diamonds Sumba Ikat

Dozens of diamonds Sumba Ikat

Beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.4 m x 50 cms (inc fringes)

Black, blue, red and cream diamonds with leaf symbols with a woven band at each end

S104 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Dozens of diamonds Sumba Ikat
£230.00 each Buy
Photo of our Crayfish and lions Sumba ikat
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Crayfish and lions Sumba ikat

Beautiful, plant-dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba. Faded indigos and mengkudu (morinda) reds.

Very finely executed designs of cray fish, horses, lions and strange birds. Probably 40-50 years old.

Size: 2.05 m x 95 cms

S108 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Crayfish and lions Sumba ikat
£250.00 each Buy
Photo of our Fine Patola design Sumba ikat

Fine Patola design Sumba ikat

Beautiful, plant-dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.25 m x 75 cms (inc fringes)

Deep indigo blue and morinda red bands with apricot, blue and white motifs of the "Bunga raja" patola flower. This design originated in trying to imitate the Indian patola "double ikat" cloth which textile merchants brought to the islands of Indonesia in the 19th century..

S101 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Fine Patola design Sumba ikat
£255.00 each Buy
Photo of our Indigo and morinda large Sumba ikat

Indigo and morinda large Sumba ikat

Beautiful, plant-dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.2 m x 96 cms (inc fringes)

A deep terracotta background with blue and white.

The two symmetrical parts are sewn together to form a double width blanket. There is a border of horses and skull trees and a woven band at each end

S107 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Indigo and morinda large Sumba ikat
£280.00 each Buy
Photo of our Midnight blue komodos large Sumba ikat

Midnight blue komodos large Sumba ikat

Beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.5 m x 93 cms (inc fringes)

This is a double sized piece - the two symmetrical parts are sewn together lengthways and finished with a woven band.

Deep indigo blue background with apricot and white. Eight komodo dragons (four on each side) with a central diamond design.

S106 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Midnight blue komodos large Sumba ikat
£285.00 each Buy
Photo of our Dragons and diamonds long Sumba ikat

Dragons and diamonds long Sumba ikat

Beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton very long warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size:  3.0 m x 62 cms (inc fringes)

Lovely apricot background with two black and white monitor lizards at each end and diamond motifs scattered throughout

S110 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Dragons and diamonds long Sumba ikat
£295.00 each Buy
Photo of our Birds and animals Sumba ikat

Birds and animals Sumba ikat

Very finely woven, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Size: 2.2 m x 76 cms (inc fringes)

Deep indigo blue, red and white with very fine patterns of diamonds, eagles, frogs, turtles, buffalo horns and skull trees

S113 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Birds and animals Sumba ikat
£295.00 each Buy
Photo of our Terracotta Dragons Sumba ikat XL

Terracotta Dragons Sumba ikat XL

Beautiful, vegetable dyed, hand woven cotton warp ikat piece from eastern Sumba.

Extra large size: 2.85 m x 1.15 m (including fringes)

A deep apricot background with a diamond patterned border on one end. Woven band on each end.

S112 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Terracotta Dragons Sumba ikat XL
£425.00 each Buy
Photo of our Incredible Sumba life ikat
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Incredible Sumba life ikat

A wonderful pictoral traditional ikat weaving from the Waikabubuk region where the famous pasola horse racing and fighting events take place. It has beautifully drawn designs of horsemen, dancing figures, cockerels, crocodiles, leopards, bulls, buffalos and traditional Sumbanese houses.  

This would look amazing displayed on a large wall, table or bed and you could spend hours looking at it. An amazing piece of textile art and a very skilled piece of design and tying.   

Size: 3.2 m x 120 cms (including fringes)

S105 – Stunning ikat from Sumba: Incredible Sumba life ikat
£450.00 each Buy

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