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Ikat from Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
 

064 Sulawesi, Toraja


Seko mandi (shroud)  magnifier



Origin: Sulawesi, Toraja
Locale: Seko village. Pa'tannunu.
Period: 1970s
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 141 x 168 cm (55.5 x 66.1)
Weight: 995 g (35.1 oz), 420 g/m2 (1.38 oz/ft2)
Design: Primary motif, called sekong, is a repeat of interlocking hooks: a schematic representation of bodies with limbs turned inward, that symbolise the ancestors which the deceased is to join in the afterlife.
Comment: Seko mandi, shroud, to be displayed at funeral, or to cover the coffin. According to Thomas Murray, the motif, resembling interlocking arms, may represent the way the deceased is embraced by ancestors in the hereafter.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Sulawesi and/or Toraja.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
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