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Ikat from Raijua, Savu Group, Indonesia

139 Savu Group, Raijua

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Origin: Savu Group, Raijua
Locale: Village unknown.
Period: 1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 102 x 174 cm (40.1 x 68.5)
Weight: 560 g (19.8 oz), 316 g/m2 (1.04 oz/ft2)
Design: Hi'i worapi (i.e. made with three colours) huri kekama haba (kekama haba: waving lines, as on handle of lontar basket) and boda (flower). Two panels, one with four major bands, the other with five (unequal numbers prescribed by adat). Dark indigo with morinda red and natural colour of the cotton.
Comment: A substantial cloth, representative of the highest level of Raijua workmanship. Exquisitely woven of fine hand spun yarn. Uncommonly fine example of the style with relatively rare nine band design (most have only seven bands). Good weaving, well preserved.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Savu Group and/or Raijua.
Compare: 113 029
Literature: Very similar to hi'i in Duggan, Woven Stories, p. 87, bottom.
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