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114-005 An Exceptionally Rare Sarong from Lio, Flores

114-005 An Exceptionally Rare Sarong from Lio, Flores
114-005 An Exceptionally Rare Sarong from Lio, Flores

The Lio people forms the main ethnic group living in the Ende district of Central Flores. This exceptional sarong, known as lawo luka semba, belonged to a Lio family of high status. It consists of three large bands featuring a complex of imagery rendered in light reddish-brown on a black ground. Archaic “stick” figures with raised hands occupy the central band. Each figure is flanked by three horses, a symbol of power and status. The upper and lower bands have similar designs comprising five rows of geometric motifs. Groups of cosmic trees run through the length of one side of the cloth. All motifs are executed with great clarity.

Information

a. Origin Flores, Indonesia
b. Estimated Age 19th century
c. Craft (Embroidery etc) Ikat weave, handspun cotton, natural dyes.
d. Size (mention cm/inches) 162 x 62 cm
e. Condition Report Excellent condition with no loss.
f. Damage & Shortcomings Nil.
g. Item Location (Country) Singapore
Seller Name Wai Mun Fong
Seller's Email ID edfwm2013@gmail.com
114-005 An Exceptionally Rare Sarong from Lio, Flores
114-005 An Exceptionally Rare Sarong from Lio, Flores