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Ikats of Sawu Island Resource


An in depth look at the unique hand woven cotton fabrics made by the people of Sawu and neighbouring islands such as Rote.

The people, who live on Sawu and neighbouring islands such as Rote, produce very unique hand woven cotton fabrics.

The fabrics are made by the ikat technique. The highly patterned ikat fabrics are made into both men’s and women’s clothes, and the fabric patterns and clothing play an important role in rituals and ceremonies.

The ‘Ikats of Sawu Island’ resource contains two learning modules:

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