Arenga Pinnata: Woven with Palm Bark Strips
23" x 58" Arenga Pinnata: Feathered Palm
This is such a rare weaving from Sumba, with palm bark strips woven into the fabric. The pattern was made by using supplementary warp threads, which float above the biege base fabric giving this piece deep texture. Crafting these patterns is a painstaking process; the weaver has to plan every element of the design in advance, and insert as many as several hundred heddle sticks into the unwoven threads on the loom, to help her raise just the right warps for each pass of the weft.
Hand Woven in Indonesia
This is a ceremonial shoulder scarf.