Woman's lower body wrapper (lau)

Indonesian (Sumbanese)
Dutch colonial rule

Object Place: Sumba, Indonesia, East


172 x 137 cm (67 11/16 x 53 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Cotton, natural dyes; warp-faced plain-weave, resist-dyed (ikat), discontinuous supplementary patterning warps

Not On View


Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Rectangular reddish-brown, indigo blue and natural ecru cotton cloth. The main design elements are a wide central band of indigo blue with narrow stripes of red, orange, light blue and natural ecru warp ikat patterning. On either side is a wide band of natural ecru on indigo blue supplemental warp yarn patterning, one of a simple grid, the other of repeating lozenge motifs. At each border there is a wide band of reddish-brown and indigo blue repeating geometric motifs created by the warp ikat technique and narrow stripes of orange, red, blue and natural ecru. The piece is made up of two lengths hand stitched together and has unfinished crosswise ends.


van Kerckhoff Collection purchased by MFA on July 17, 1930

Credit Line

Maria Antoinette Evans Fund