Mahang: Sumba Weaving
23" x 58" Mahang means Lion
There are three lions woven into this piece, called mahang. This motif is derived from the image of rampant lions found on Dutch coins representing power and bravery.
The pattern was made by using supplementary warp threads, which float above the red base fabric. 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.
This is a ceremonial piece worn over the shoulder.
Hand Woven in Indonesia