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Ikat from Raijua, Savu Group, Indonesia

106 Savu Group, Raijua

Ei (sarong)  magnifier

Origin: Savu Group, Raijua
Locale: Village unknown.
Period: Early 20th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 32.5 x 100 cm (1' 0" x 3' 3")
Design: Narrow bands with geometrical patterns of ecru on dark beige. Coloured only with use of earth pigments (tanah lumpur). No vegetable dyes. Two broad horizontal band with small patola jilamprang motifs. The pinstripes in the roa, the midfield, appear to be distinctive: they are found on Raijua, not on Savu.
Comment: Rare old piece in excellent condition. Small sarongs of this type were made for ceremonial use at the occasion of the birth of a child, serving as the cloth in which they baby was received. They were never worn, but placed in the rumah adat and kept there.
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: 104 105
Literature: No cognates found in literature, nor in online museum collections.
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