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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:06 am 

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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.

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John Ang
Director of Samyama

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1980s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shawl, cotton with indigo and orange and dark purple brown warp ikat patterns. Natural dyes. Woven by Queen Tamu Rambu Miri nai Ndiha, Sumba people, Priauang village, Rende, East Sumba. Indonesia.
124 x 280 cm
USD 2,800.-

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1960s Lau Pahikung, young girl's sarong, of natural indigo dye of hand spun cotton and white supplementary weft geomatric patterns. Sumba people, Sumba, Indonesia.
52 x 90 cm (x2)
USD 1,200.-

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2015 Hinggi Patola Ratu, man's ceremonial shawl, cotton with blue and orange ikat patola pattern. Natural dyes, Kambera, East Sumba, Indonesia.
92 x 259 cm
USD 650.-

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1940s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton dark brown with warp Ikat patterns of rows of large white mahang (Lions) and orange horses with a large patola ratu band in center. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
135 x 296 cm
USD 4,500.-

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1970s Pair of Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shawl, cotton with indigo and orange and dark purple brown ikat patterns. Natural dyes. Sumba people, woven in Umbu Ungngu, house of Uma Wara, Rende, East Sumba. Indonesia.
65 x 300 cm
70 x 300 cm
USD 1,800.-

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1960s -80s Lau Pahitang, woman's tube skirt, cotton with supplementary warp patterning. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Kanatang, Northeast Sumba. Indonesia.
142 x 63(x2) cm
USD 250.-

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