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Ikat from Ndao, Roti Group, Indonesia

008 Roti Group, Ndao

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Origin: Roti Group, Ndao
Locale: Village unknown.
Period: 1920-1940
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 88 x 159 cm (2' 10" x 5' 2")
Design: Longitudinal bands in indigo, mauve. Strikingly asymmetrical - which is characteristic for Ndao, where Savunese influences on weaving are strong - at least as strong as those from neighbouring Roti.
Comment: Early 20th C. cloth from Ndao. Cloth has a pleasant well worn feel. The asymmetric 'Savunese-style' field division is a Ndao characteristic, as is the truncating of motifs.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Roti Group and Ndao.
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014.
Compare: 006 125 290
Literature: Similar men's shawl from the same period identified as 'Ndao (?)' in Voelger and Von Welck, c.s., Indonesian Textiles, Fig. 177. While not asymmetrical, it is similar in patterning. See also Irene Emery, Indonesian Textiles, the contribution on Roti and Ndao by Fox, Fig. 7, which shows a Ndao selimut that is also asymmetric, though less immediately noticeable. Also similar to Roti cloth from before 1861 in Museum voor Volkenkunde, Leiden, No. 16-261, and to Art Institute of Chicago, Bakwin Collection, No. 2002.953. On the Savunese style field division as characteristic of Ndao versus Roti see Fox In Gittinger, Indonesian Textiles, p.48
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