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Ceremonial sarong (Lawo Butu)

Woman's skirt (sarong)

Indonesian (Bajawan)

Object Place: Bajawa District, Flores Island, Indonesia


Length x width: 185.4 x 81.3 cm (73 x 32 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton plain weave with handspun weft threads, resist dyed (warp ikat); embroidered with glass and terracotta beads and nassa shells; natural dyes

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Blue tubular sarong, warp ikat patterned with brown and white stylized animals and geometric motifs, embellished with yellow, light brown and white glass and dark brown terracotta beaded patterning with a boat (kowa) with three passengers, below which are stylized crabs (kojo) and tadpoles (ekofeko). Top and bottom are embroidered with a row of small nassa shells. White fringe along the bottom.


July 2002, purchased in Bali from Threads of Life by Kristina Adler, Stamford, CT and imported to the USA; purchased from Adler by the MFA (Accession date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Suzanne Dworsky