Woman's Tubular Skirt (Kewatek Méan) Maker: Unknown

late 19th century

Indo-Pacific Art

On view, 3rd floor, Indo-Pacific Art

The weavers in the villages around the Ili Api volcano on Lembata produce some of the finest ikat textiles in eastern Indonesia. They take particular pride in the precision of their ikat work and in the depth of color. These textiles are an essential part of the elaborate gift exchange that is initiated with a couple’s marriage and continues throughout the lives of the husband, wife, and their children. The cloths must be made of locally grown, hand-spun cotton, dyed with natural dyes. Many of the patterns used are associated with specific lineages and formerly were made and used only by women who descended from them.


Cotton; warp-faced plain weave, warp ikat


47 5/8 × 36 1/4 in. (121 × 92 cm)

Credit Line

Promised gift of Thomas Jaffe, B.A. 1971

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Seller: Watters (2010-02-09)
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Object/Work type

clothing, skirts

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