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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

010 Savu Group, Savu

Ei (sarong)  magnifier

Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Moiety cannot de ascertained as this is a non-reserved motif.
Period: 1940-50 (?)
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 60 x 173 cm (1' 11" x 5' 8")
Weight: 590 g (20.8 oz), 284 g/m2 (0.93 oz/ft2)
Design: Ei raja. Two wide bands with bunga lehu (lehu flower) pattern in ecru on morinda red, two wide bands in indigo called medi ae (big black), narrower bands in ecru on morinda red with jilamprang-like kepajo motif, octopus, alternated with plain indigo roa bands. Six raja stripes in floating warp weave.
Comment: A fine older specimen, well above average. On the reverse side the sarong is marked with a little zigzag in white thread, bunga wurumada, signalling completion of the ceremony required after the weaving and before sewing the cloth into a sarong.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Compare: 026 136 145 255
Literature: Nearly identical to cloth in Genevieve Duggan, Ikats of Savu, fig. 15. Also near-identical to ei being prepared for weaving shown in Miep Spee, unpublished manuscript, 1983, Fig. 44. Very similar to Khan Majlis Indonesische Textilien, Fig. 432. Photo below shows weaver working on similar sarong. Photo Miep Spee.

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