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Tieing Threads for Warp Ikat Weaving  (Sumba)

 
The Indonesian word, ikat, means “to tie”.
 
Here, a Sumbanese weaver, is ikatting (tieing off) a skein of thread that will provide the warp thread of man’s hinggi kombu pair of textiles. The weaver ties off the warp thread in sections where she does not want the dye to penetrate, which is why an ikat textile is a “resist”-form of textile dyeing. 
 
The areas of warp threads that stay open the entire dyeing process will become entirely dark blue, having received dippings of dark red and blue dyes. Other areas may be tied off entirely except when red dye is desired, whereas other areas are un-covered when the blue dye is wanted.
 
The ikatting form, here, stretches the thread tightly - and contains enough thread for two entire blankets. Additionally, the above design is actually 1/8th of the textile: four “repeats” of the above design appear on the bottom of the textile and the mirror-image is shown at the opposite end. In effect, the blanket is a mirror-image along the horizontal fold line while each ¼ of the blanket, contains a mirror-image along its vertical fold.
 
The Sumba hinggi kombu weavings are not typically used as blankets, but are traditional wear for men and worn by women, when dancing.