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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:08 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
service@samyama.co
http://www.facebook.com/samyamaco


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1940s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton alternating orange and dark brown bands with warp Ikat rows of animals and sea creatures and a large patola ratu band in center. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Hangaroau Village near Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
134 x 252 cm
USD 6,800.-

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1970s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shoulder wrap, cotton large warp Ikat patola ratu central field flanked at top and bottom by two andong trees on each side. Long sides are lined with a border of patola pattern and the farthest bands on top and bottom after the andong trees is an orange band with white horses. Yellow color added on later by ndata method. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
111 x 250 cm
USD 5,000.-

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1940s Lau Hemba, woman's ceremonial tube skirt, cotton warp Ikat pattern of repeat andong trees. Natural dyes. Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
111 x 164 cm
USD 6,000.-

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1960s Lau Wuti Kau, woman’s ceremonial tube skirt, mud dye cotton with shell embroidery of marapu or shaman flanked by centipedes and bird and lobster below, natural mud dye. Sumba people, East Sumba, Indonesia.
123 x 57(x2) cm
USD 1,200.-

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2010s Hinggi Kombu, man's ceremonial shawl, cotton orange, blue and red brown, bands with warp ikat patterns. Natural dyes. Kambera, Sumba people, East Sumba, Indonesia. 126 x 242 cm
USD 1,800.-

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2000 New Lau Pahikung, woman's tube skirt, cotton with supplementary warp over mordant mud tie-dyed area. Natrual dyes. Sumba people possibly by princess Rambu Tokung or Rambu Pakki. East Sumba, Indonesia. 156 x 61(x2) cm
USD 2,800.-

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New Hinggi Kaworu, man's ceremonial shawl, indigo and white warp ikat patterns. Natural indigo dyes, Sumba people, Rende, East Sumba, Indonesia.
89 x 210 cm
USD 250.-

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