Ikat Weaving

weaving.jpgIn all of Maluku, the Tanimbars are the best known for their ikat weaving, though the art is also practiced throughout the southern islands of SW Maluku. While Yamdena may not actually produce the best quality ikat in the Tanimbars, its large population and best marketing opportunities mean it produces quite a lot of it. Once fading out of fashion and only used for ceremonial purposes, the ikat cloth is now also used for local government functions and modern celebrations, often fashioned into modern pieces of clothing like jackets. The techniques of production remain very much traditional, with the old-style looms being used exclusively, though the thread and dyes on Yamdena now tend to be factory-produced.

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