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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

028 Savu Group, Savu

Ei (sarong)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Hubi Ae or Hubi Iki (cannot be determined as this a 'free' motif).
Period: 1930-1940
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 58 x 155 cm (1' 10" x 5' 1")
Design: Ei worapi, non ceremonial cloth that could be used by either of the two moieties, Hubi Ae or Hubi Iki. Floral motif of European inspiration) in white on dark indigo bands, alternated with narrow bands in morinda red.
Comment: Excellent, very tight ikat work with precise delineation of the complex motifs. Deeply saturated morinda red and indigo. Pleasantly soft, well worn sarong. Great softness is often regarded as an indication of British thread - a luxury. A few very slight signs of wear at the selvedges, otherwise in immaculate condition.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15.
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Carpet Collector 1/2016
Compare: 009 185 255
Literature: Khan Majlis Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 436, Hessenhuis, Ikat, Fig. 101.
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