The Process of Sourcing and Making Pahikung

May 8, 2023

Introducing the Pahikung Collection from the forgotten island of Sumba, Indonesia designed by Rebecca Manners for R collective.

Pakihung also known as Songket are ancestral indigenous textiles of the nobility of the island.

At R collective we have been working intricately with the local communities bringing back traditional weaving techniques hand loomed over the course of 6 months using plant dyes then upcycled with leather as reimagined One Of A Kind collectible bags.

Pahikung textiles are sophisticated and much more technically demanding to weave than most Ikat textiles.
It is a weaving technique used on horizontal back tension looms that employs supplementary warps to embellish textiles with an infinite range of geometric and zoomorphic designs, incorporating the rich iconography of the island.

Sumba is the only region in the entire Malay Archipelago where supplementary warp decoration has reached such a high degree of refinement.

We are proud to bring you this collection of intricate designs supporting local communities whilst preserving ancient craft and sharing indigenous wisdom as the Art of Slow, artisanal luxury.

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