Hau Rimu

(Indonesia  – )

Ceremonial skirtcloth (Lau Pahudu Hada)

Location
Not on display
Further information

This tubular ikat skirtcloth is decorated with supplementary warp patterning and beading and is an example of textiles made for the highest ranking members of Sumbanese society. This cloth is decorated with abstract and geometric motifs and the dominant colour is red, a colour usually associated with aristocracy. As with other traditional Indonesian cultures, Sumbanese textiles are a signifier of status and wealth and are important in ritual gift exchanges.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2003

Place of origin
Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia
Year
2002
Media
Textile
Medium
commercial cotton yarn, natural dyes, antique beads; warp ikat with supplementary warp patterning and beading
Dimensions
156.5 x 64.5 cm one side of tube; 156.5 x 129.0 cm overall tube
Credit
D G Wilson Bequest Fund 2003
Accession number
247.2003