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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 (4' 4" x 5' 1")
Weight: 630 g (22.2 oz), 150 g/m2 (0.49 oz/ft2)
Design: Rimanu motif, reserved for aristocracy, consisting of human figures standing with raised hands, and the characteristic double eagles, with base-mounted tumpal motifs as finials. The double eagles, more explicitly rendered here than on any other example with which the author is familiar, most likely emulate European heraldry as seen on coins—such as the Maria Theresien Thaler of the Austrian-Hungarian empire, widely accepted currency in the Indonesian archipelago since the 18th c. Narrow horizontal bands decorated with small squares and circles in white on brick red, two wider bands in very dark, nearly black indigo.
Comment: Ikating on a high level of perfection with finely rendered motifs. Pinstripes in commercial thread, the rest in hand spun yarn. Overall tonality: muted reds and saturated indigo.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Moluccas and 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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