SEMIOTIC MEANING OF SUMBA VARIETIES TRADITIONAL WOVEN CLOTHS AND A SUSTAINABILITY OF ITS TRIBEMagdalena Ngongo, Anggreini D.N. Rupidara and Magi Melia Tanggu Rame
Sumba island has become one of the famous tourism areas in the world. It has many unique traditions, such as Pasola, Marapu, traditional, houses, megalithic tombs, traditional woven cloths, and natural beaches Sumba woven traditional clothes have many varieties of signifiers that represent not only its significance but also its place or area. The symbol as a signifier can be part of the human body, specific animals like horses, scorpions, deer, etc. All these symbols have their own meaning even their ideology. The natural colour materials of the woven cloths are taken from specific plants, and even the brown colour is taken from mud. Sumba traditional woven cloth is very unique, beautiful and famous. Sumba tribe still produces woven cloths in which they still keep the natural colour and its signifier. When producing the woven cloths, among them they still keep to use its local materials and their natural signifier. This is a way for them to sustain not just the woven cloths but also their culture.