Tube skirt

This rare tubular skirt, known as a 'lawo butu', was worn by women for only the most important community ceremonies including the consecration of a recently felled tree for the building of a clan house. The antique beads used to decorate these cloths were treasured heirlooms and only wealthy men could afford to have such a cloth made. The cloths were given the name of the commissioner and thus are also known as 'lawo ngaza' or “named sarong”.

Early 19th century, possibly as early as late 18thC.
Ngadha, Central Flores, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesian Archipelago
Image size: 162.2 x 79.2 cm
Accession No.
Hand-spun cotton, natural dyes, glass, coral and shell beads
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Garments and Accessories