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Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Dear Textile Lovers,
When I first visited Sumba in 1987, almost 30 years ago, I was so excited to be able to still see people weaving beautiful textiles on back-strap looms using natural dyes.
Unfortunately, because of two big economic crises in 1997 and 2008 plus the Bali bombings in 2002, tourism and textile trade in Sumba was badly affected.
This and the increasing costs of production have resulted in the lost of many traditional designs and colors. To gain more popularity among the regular tourists, textiles at cheaper prices and with more dramatic and eye catching pictorial patterns using brighter chemical dyes have emerged. These can be found in tourist shops of Bali and Jakarta and many hotels and villas use them as curtains, bedspreads or even table cloths.
After years of collecting and dealing I have found I still prefer and love the old natural colors and patterns of Sumba cloths be it in new or old pieces. However, now-a-days they are extremely difficult to find. Fortunately four months ago I was able to acquire some beautiful old pre-war pieces from a long-time Dutch collection.
This group and other pieces from my gallery's collection, which I have carefully selected over the years, all pieces dyed with beautiful natural colors and possessing a soul of their own, forms the collection for our exhibition: Dynamic Expressions. Through this exhibition I hope to show to all my friends and textile lovers the beautiful textile heritage of Sumba.
Director of Samyamaservice@samyama.cohttp://www.facebook.com/samyamaco
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2010 Hinggi Kaworu, man's ceremonial shawl, cotton with indigo and white warp ikat patterns. Natural indigo dyes. Sumba people, Prailiu, East Sumba. Indonesia.
107 x 230 cm
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1920-40s Pair of Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton alternating orange and dark brown bands with animal patterns with large patola ratu pattern in center band. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
112 x 244 cm
121 x 240 cm
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1950s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton dark brown ground with rows of warp Ikat rows of animals and sea creatures with large patola ratu band in center. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
133 x 256 cm
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1970s Lao Pahitang, woman's skirt, white cotton with light blue supplementary warp patterns. Natural dyes, Sumba people, Kanatang, Northeast Sumba, Indonesia.
145 x 73(x2) cm
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1950s Lau, woman's tube skirt opened. Three-piece-joined machine spun cotton with ikat pattern of large repeat pecuk rebung pattern. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Trans or Yabuwai, East Sumba, Indonesia.
112 x 180 cm
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1980s Lau Hemba, tube skirt, two panel cotton ikat with patola pattern. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Kambera district, East Sumba, Indonesia.
155 x 56 (x2) cm
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2014 Hinggi Pahikung Pataduku, man's ceremonial shawl, cotton with indigo, orange and dark purple brown ikat patterns of two rows of hammer head sharks divided by plain white center with narrow bands of beautiful blue pahikung or supplementary warp with fine geometric patterns. Natural dyes. Woven by Queen Tamu Rambu Hamu Eti. Sumba people, Priauang village, Rende, East Sumba. Indonesia.
120 x 292 cm
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1960s Hinggi Kombu, noble man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton two bands of dark brown background with a row of warp Ikat andong trees alternating with standing marapus or male shamans and flanking the top and bottom of each dark brown band are orange bands with white horses. The center is left with a broad plain white band. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Kanatang, Northeast Sumba, Indonesia.
146 x 274 cm
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1960s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton alternating orange and dark brown bands with warp Ikat rows of horses and mythical beasts with large patola ratu band in center. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
112 x 220 cm
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