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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 (4' 7" x 5' 6")
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: Additional information in chapters on Sulawesi and Toraja.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
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