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Ikat from Raijua, Savu Group, Indonesia

105 Savu Group, Raijua

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Origin: Savu Group, Raijua
Locale: Village unknown.
Period: Early 20th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 37 x 89 cm (1' 2" x 2' 11")
Design: Narrow horizontal bands, mostly in two shades of morinda red and white, and a few in indigo. Two wide bands with patola jilamprang motif in white on morinda red. Fairly loose weaving. The pinstripes in the roa, the midfield, appear to be distinctive: they are found on Raijua, not on Savu.
Comment: Rare old piece in fine condition for its age. Sarongs of this type were made for ceremonial use at the birth of a child, to receive the baby in the world. They were never worn, but placed in the rumah adat and kept there. The fine warp thread is a little overturned, resulting in a pleasant crêpe-like texture. Brittle cloth, some slight fraying.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Raijua.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 104 106
Literature: Similar small sarong from the author's own collection in Duggan, Woven Stories, p. 98.
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