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Ikat from Roti, Roti Group, Indonesia

012 Roti Group, Roti

Lafa (shawl)  magnifier

Origin: Roti Group, Roti
Locale: Nemberala (Nembrala) in western Roti.
Period: 1950-1960
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 76 x 159 cm (2' 5" x 5' 2")
Design: Patola-like motif in the midfield, but borders without the more common elongated triangles. Another unusual aspect is the asymmetric overall design, very rare in Roti cloth. Executed in two shades of morinda red, two shades of indigo, yellow and green - created by brief overdying of yellow with indigo. Another aspect of asymmetry is that one panel wider than the other, very unusual. Fringe decorated with red and green yarn. The presence of yellow and tiny patches of green points to probable creation in Nemberala, western Roti.
Comment: Fine piece with interesting, and very bold, asymmetric design. The piece is in unused state, its fringes not yet corded.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Roti Group and Roti.
Compare: 011 042 125 141
Literature: No Roti cloth with similarly asymmetric pattern known from literature - at least not to us. Please let us know if you have seen a similar piece. Stylistically very similar to lafa from Nemberala (Nebrala) in Granucci, Art of the Lesser Sundas, Fig. 112, which also has yellow touches. A matching
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