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Woman’s Ceremonial Sarung (Lawo Butu)

19th century

Cotton; warp-faced plain weave with beadwork

50 13/16 × 25 9/16 in. (129 × 65 cm)
Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus Collection, Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971
ILE2006.4.135
This beaded cloth is the most sacred Lio textile, though cloths of this kind are no longer made. Those remaining in the village are worn on ritual occasions, such as the rain dance or the renewal of the roof of a lineage house.
Geography: 
Made in Nggela, Flores, Indonesia
Status: 
Not on view
Culture: 
Lio
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Textiles
Provenance: 

Ex-collection: Robert J. Holmgren and Anita E. Spertus, New York. First Known Collector: Kesner

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