Woman's Skirt Maker: Unknown

16th century

Indo-Pacific Art

Not on view

This textile is exceptional for several reasons. Its date is established by radiocarbon dating, and it is one of a few surviving from the sixteenth century. It also shows outstanding technical achievements in the precision of patterns, the fineness of the hand-spun cotton, and the evenness of dye quality. Although the individual motifs are relatively simple, they combine to create a vibrant design. The skirt has three panels woven with a continuous warp, which creates a tubular cloth. When the weaver comes close to completing the circle, the shed and heddle devices make it impossible to insert further weft threads. Usually the textile is then taken off the loom, cut, and sewn together. Here, however, the circular shape of each panel was completed by manually inserting the remaining weft. This technique is no longer used in Indonesia.


Cotton; warp-faced plain weave, warp ikat


35 13/16 × 73 1/4 in. (91 × 186 cm)

Credit Line

Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus Collection, Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

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Ex-collection: Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus, New York. First known collector: Syamsuddin (1500)
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Object/Work type

clothing, skirts

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