Woman’s Skirt

Warp ikat, two panels stitched together and sewn into a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Made in Pahunga Loda, Kaliuda, East Sumba, c.1970
120 x 64 cm / 47 x 25 in


The bird in flight represents the nuri or lorikeet (Trichoglossus haemotodus) on this Sumbanese woman’s skirt. Like the lorikeet that stays within its flock it is a reminder that humans should also work together as a group to bring about great well-being for the whole community.

This can refer both to important decisions arising from the consensus decision making, to working together to complete tasks such as harvesting groups.

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