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Ikat from Kisar, Moluccas, Indonesia
 

092 Moluccas, Kisar


Senikir (shawl)microscope  magnifier



Origin: Moluccas, Kisar
Locale: Probably Meher (Kisar speaking) people.
Period: 1925-1945
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, very fine, quadruple ply.
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 88.5 x 271 cm (2' 10" x 8' 10")
Weight: 995 g (35.1 oz), 415 g/m2 (1.36 oz/ft2)
Design: Senikir for nobleman with longitudinal bands of brown and beige ikat on red background. Borders in strong yellow, probably dyed with akar kayu kuning - roots of kayu kuning tree. Highly intricate motifs in the formal style, including meticulously drawn meanders. One of the smaller motifs, hexagonal clusters of ringed open spaces, are is similar to the Leti keu motif. Multiple ikated pinstripes. Base-mounted tumpal motifs serve as finials.
Comment: An exceptionally long noblemen's shawl blanket from the colonial period in excellent condition. The type of cloth worn by the current raja of Kisar on formal portraits, though of far greater refinement, and probably greater age. Very finely drawn ikat work. Yarn in ikated bands and stripes is very thin, yet hand spun. Accent stripes in commercial cotton, as was common from the third quarter of the 19th c. to show wealth. One of the finest examples extant of this style. [Picture shows a little over 50% of the cloth.]
Background: For additional information see chapter on Moluccas and/or Kisar.
Literature: Similar to senikir from before 1929 in Tropenmuseum, Nr. 556-103, but with richer decoration: four wide ikated bands rather than two. Also similar to even longer cloth (85x303 cm) in Yoshimoto, Ikat, Fig. 197.
  
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