OATG members David and Sue Richardson have just uploaded the first of what will be two parts to their website Asian Textile Studies. It covers the geography and history of Sumba from pre-history to 1866. Although this isn’t specifically about textiles the authors firmly believe that you need to understand a people’s history and culture to understand their costume. For example, the relationship with the Dutch led to new motifs in the Sumba iconography as shown in the photo above.
Part Two will eventually cover from 1866 to the present day, linguistics and ethnography.
They hope you enjoy reading Part One here