The textiles of Indonesia are widely appreciated by textile specialists, both professional and amateur; however, the intricate ikats produced in the Moluccas, at the eastern end of the archipelago, prove to be an exception, in that little attention has been paid to this genre to date. Ikat from Tanimbar, the result of eight years' study by the author, herself an expert hand weaver, serves admirably to bridge this gap in our knowledge. The author provides the framework for the study by describing the techniques, materials and dyes used by the Tanimbarese weavers, as well as the social and ritual significance of the resulting cloths. The book concludes with an in-depth description and analysis of the iconography of the ikats of Tanimbar, cataloguing over 250 motifs employed by local weavers. Richly illustrated with new and historic photographs and numerous sketches and line drawings.