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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

142 Savu Group, Savu

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Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Village unknown, Hubi Iki.
Period: 1950 or earlier
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 81 x 140 cm (2' 7" x 4' 7")
Weight: 330 g (11.6 oz), 291 g/m2 (0.95 oz/ft2)
Design: Pattern dominated by ninety wohapi, the open-ended diamonds with outlined hooks on both ends, typical for Hubi Iki, most arranged in a midfield grid, twelve in two lateral bands.
Comment: Hi'i wo hepi, the emblematic ceremonial shawl for men of the Hubi Iki moiety. An older, pure asli hi'i, with hand spun yarn and vegetable dyes, excellent weaving. Twisted fringes. [Date of acquisition not certain.]
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Compare: 112 143 117 111
Literature: Nearly identical cloth in Genevieve Duggan, Ikats of Savu, Fig. 72. Very similar to hi'i in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 224, the most important difference being that the grid here shows six rows rather than eight. To both applies Khan Majlis's observation that 'the very clear ikat design and the warm shades of morinda point to an older textile.' Also similar to hi'i in Yoshimoto, Ikat, Fig. 152.
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