Arts and Culture
Textiles in eastern Indonesia and especially in the province of NTT show striking similarities in their patterns, composition as well as in their structure. Textiles have always been part of trade so that patterns can be reproduced using different tools or equipment in faraway countries. However, composition and structure are more dependent on the type of loom on which the textiles are produced. A safe way to show a link between textiles of various islands is to study the type of loom on which they were produced. A link between textiles of NTT and those of Central and North Sulawesi has been demonstrated in ‘Tracing Ancient Networks; Linguistics, Hand-woven Cloths and Looms’ (Duggan 2011, 2015). Furthermore, the study of two types of traditional weavings on the island of Savu establishes a link between these highly regarded textiles still produced today and the foot braced loom, linking southeastern Indonesia with Dong son cultures in North Vietnam and southern China. The analysis of traditional weaving techniques is one of the methods for tracing ancient migrations in Asia.