The irresistible Savu ikat textiles

Savu & Raijua is located halfway between Sumba and Timor to the east, literally, it will take less than 1 hour to fly from Kupang here, but the limited transport access and the harsh weather conditions along the Savu Sea have often made the visits a little difficult to plan. Throughout my travel to the weaving regions in Indonesia, Savu & Raijua islands are the only two main islands in East Nusa Tenggara that I have not had a chance to visit. During my visit to East Nusa Tenggara Region in 2019, I planned a visit to the islands, but due to harsh weather conditions, I had to postpone my trip. Then Covid happened, and my long-awaited dream to visit Savu, is yet to be realised.

The first time I fell in love with Savu ikat textiles was when we distributed reading glasses to the Mata Tulu Deo weavers in Kupang in 2014. Although I was not present at the event, I was blessed to have received a few beautiful photos from The Connect Indonesia team, group photos of the weavers wearing their amazing Savu Ikat sarong. Luckily, I started my first visit to East Nusa Tenggara that same year and collected the most beautiful Savu textiles on this visit.

I confess that I found Savu Ikat rather hypnotic, and I find it hard to resist when I see them. There is something about the motifs and the natural dye combinations on these textiles that make them so hard to resist. I love all Indonesian handwoven textiles, but if I am being honest, Savu textiles are one of my favourites.


I am sharing many of my beautiful Savu ikat in our shop, both in natural and synthetic dyes. Don’t hesitate to contact me, if you have any questions regarding our Savu textiles available online.




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