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Ikat from Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia
 

066 Sulawesi, Toraja


Seko mandi (shroud)  magnifier



Origin: Sulawesi, Toraja
Locale: Galumpang district.
Period: 1970s
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Design: The meaning of the shimmery, psychedelic, pattern with its disturbed order is not certain. It is said by some authors to represent highly stylised human figures, but may also represent bamboo shoots. Whatever its meaning, the pattern vibrates with tension and seems irrepressibly alive.
Comment: [Measurements yet to be entered.] Khan Majlis: 'Tiny offsets in the positioning of the rows of diamonds, diagonal connecting lines and alternation between light and dark fill the sequence of simple ornaments with tension and life.' [Size yet to be entered.]
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
Compare: 067
Literature: Near-identical cloth in British Museum, AN331708001. Nearly identical to midfield of cloth from Galumpang in Khan-Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 396. Similar to seko mandi in Textile Museum of Canada, ref. nr. T77.0107. Pattern shows curious similarity to Iban pua in Serawak Museum with pucuk (puchok) rebong, bamboo shoots pattern.
  
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