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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

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009 Savu Group, Savu


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Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Hubi iki (as far as weaver is concerned, wearer uncertain).
Period: 1940-50
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 60 x 149 cm (1' 11" x 4' 10")
Weight: 525 g (18.5 oz), 294 g/m2 (0.96 oz/ft2)
Design: Ei worapi created by weaver from hubi iki moiety, with floral motif of European inspiration. Perhaps an oeuvre de commande for a Christian woman (belonging to the entourage of a raja, fetor or other dignitary?). For that reason wearer was not necessarily hubi iki. The sarong is marked with a little zigzag in white thread at the bottom right corner, bunga wurumada, signalling completion of the ceremony required after the weaving and before sewing the cloth into a sarong.
Comment: Weaving shows a few small errors of alignment, but certainly belongs to the better category.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Savu Group and/or Savu.
Compare: 028 185 255
Literature: Design description based on Genevieve Duggan, personal communication. Cf. Khan-Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Fig. 433, 434, 436, 437. Very similar to Dawson, Traditional Indonesian Textiles, Fig. 92.
  
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