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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: Toraja ikat from the 'revival' period, but of uncommonly high quality. 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: Additional information in chapters on Sulawesi and 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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