The textiles of Sumba, an island in eastern Indonesia, represent how the present generation passes on its messages to future generations. Sumbanese textiles are deeply personal, they follow a distinct systematic form, but also show the individuality of the weavers and the villages where they are produced.
Internationally, Sumbanese textiles are collected as examples of textile designs of the highest quality and are found in major museums around the world as well as in the homes of collectors.
Since the early 1900s, the Dutch have been exporting textiles from Sumba. Today great numbers of textiles are still produced by a relatively small number of women, mainly from the eastern coastal districts of Sumba. These textiles are made not only for export but also for trade among local people for ritual use.
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