Ikat Sarong: Life and Love
This ikat sarong is a traditional garment worn by the women in Indonesia. Ikat comes from verk mengikat which means “to tie” or “to bind”, a dyeing technique that requires the binding of resist material around groups of cotton threads before they are dyed and woven. Each color must be resist tied, in pattern, before each dye bath to achieve the many colors and intricate designs. Yuwanty Maria Lelo from the Lepo Lorun cooperative in Nita-Flores created this splendid sarong. The pattern is naturally-dyed using a market dye and indigo. The sarong is made of two fabric lengths: 29 1/4 (top) and 30 1/4″ (bottom). The motifs represent the heart, the man, and a symbol for a couple in love. Take it apart and use it as cloth or open it up and mount it as a wall display.
- 47 1/2″ circumference, 59 1/2″ total length: two pieces (29 1/4 and 30 1/4″)
- maroon and indigo
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