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Ikat from Kisar, Moluccas, Indonesia

134 Moluccas, Kisar

Homnon (sarong)  magnifier

Origin: Moluccas, Kisar
Locale: Probably Oirata people.
Period: 1910-1930
Yarn: Cotton, largely hand spun
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 134 x 157 cm (52.7 x 61.8)
Weight: 630 g (22.2 oz), 150 g/m2 (0.49 oz/ft2)
Design: Rimanu motif, reserved for aristocracy. Narrow horizontal bands with small squares and circles in brick red, two wider bands in solid indigo and two wider bands with human figures standing with raised hands, and the characteristic double eagles, ending in tumpal-like triangles. The double eagles most likely emulate European heraldry as seen on coins - such as the Maria Theresien Thaler of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, widely accepted currency in intercontinental trade since the 18th c.
Comment: Ikating on a high level of perfection with finely rendered motifs. Narrow stripes in commercial thread, rest in hand spun yarn. Overall tonality muted reds and saturated indigo.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Moluccas and/or Kisar.
Compare: 101 102 103 282
Literature: Nearly identical to sarong in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig 311, similar to one on Fig. 310. Similar cloth in Tropenmuseum, Tillman collection, Nr. 3848-1, though ours is several decades older. Very similar to Pusaka Collection Nr. 101, 102 and 103. See also Fraser Lu, Handwoven Textiles of South-East Asia, Fig. 260.
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