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Ikat from Roti, Roti Group, Indonesia

011 Roti Group, Roti

Lafa (shawl)  magnifier

Origin: Roti Group, Roti
Locale: Probably Termanu, as the cross-shaped dula penis motif is typical for the area.
Period: 1925-1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 77 x 165 cm (30.3 x 64.9)
Weight: 375 g (13.2 oz), 295 g/m2 (0.97 oz/ft2)
Design: Lafa ketemak. A nobleman's cloth. Patola inspired cross-shaped motif called dula penis with tumpal borders. Executed in three tones: a very dark, almost black indigo (probably created by overdying with morinda) and morinda red on natural ecru background.
Comment: Yarn is quite fine, and could also be toko yarn, but a few slight irregularities suggest manual manufacture. [No micro photography available yet.] Fairly tight weaving, though not as good as the best commoners' lafa. Colours slightly faded. Cloth shows signs of wear, old repair.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Roti Group and/or Roti.
Compare: 042 012 125 141
Literature: Nearly identical to cloth depicted in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 240. Very similar to cloth dated 'before 1940' in Tropenmuseum, Nr. 1772-1159. See also Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Fig. 446. Very similar also to Boston Museum of Fine Arts, No. 27.468 and 27.469. Also similar to Mattiebelle Gittinger, ed. Indonesian Textiles, James J. Fox's contribution, Fig. 1.
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