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Ikat is an Indonesian word that refers to a technique where colorful, often abstract designs are achieved by intricately weaving patterns with selectively pre-dyed strands. These cotton ikats were probably woven somewhere in the Lesser Sunda Islands in eastern Indonesia, perhaps the island of Sumba. They depict not only abstract geometric designs but clearly drawn animals and even homes and trees. While created in the middle 20th century they represent a continuation of a local tradition, which has been preserved from a far older time.