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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

136 Savu Group, Savu

Ei (sarong)  magnifier

Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Wini Waratada, Hubi Iki - or Christian weaver.
Period: 1930-1945
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 60 x 143 cm (1' 11" x 4' 8")
Weight: 520 g (18.3 oz), 303 g/m2 (0.99 oz/ft2)
Design: Ei ledo for Hubi Iki. Main motif - in triple repeats as prescribed by tradition - is derived from ei ledo motif, with lane end motifs. Executed in light and dark indigo, red and purple. Originally this design was an earmark of wini Waratada, Hubi Iki. Later Christian women took the freedom to use this combination of motifs. The sarong is marked with a little zigzag in white thread at the top left corner, bunga wurumada, signaling completion of the ceremony required after the weaving and before sewing the cloth into a sarong.
Comment: Better than average example. Warm tonality, excellent weaving shown in the complex and tightly executed patterns.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Exhibited: Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, 2017.
Compare: 010 026 145
Literature: Genevieve Duggan, Ikats of Savu, nearly identical piece on Fig. 26. Motif derived from ei ledo motif, cf. Fig. 16. Information on Design/Motif based on Duggan, personal communication, 2013.
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