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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

135 Savu Group, Savu

Hi'i (men's shawl)  magnifier

Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Probably Mesara, Hubi Ae or Hubi Iki (pattern not reserved for any particular moiety).
Period: 1960
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 84 x 165 cm (2' 9" x 5' 4")
Design: Hi'i worapi (man's loincloth) with boda motif and probably moto (star) motif in indigo and white and fine stripes in morinda red. Seven bands of main ikated patterns in two panels of prescribed unequal number of longitudinal bands: three and four.
Comment: Finely made cloth with good control, resulting in clear drawing. Whether the cloth was made by weaver from Hubi Ae or Hubi Iki cannot be determined as pattern is not reserved for any particular moiety.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Literature: Similar to hi'i in Duggan, Woven Stories, P. 86 top. Also similar to hi'i in Duggan, Ikats of Savu, Fig. 76-77.
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