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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

143 Savu Group, Savu

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Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Village unknown, Hubi Iki.
Period: 1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 71 x 153 cm (2' 3" x 5' 0")
Weight: 360 g (12.7 oz), 331 g/m2 (1.08 oz/ft2)
Design: Pattern dominated by 112 wohapi, the open-ended lozenges with outlined hooks on both ends and divided by red lines, typical for Hubi Iki; most wohapi 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, suggesting an older cloth. Twisted fringes. [Date of acquisition not certain.]
Background: For additional information see chapter on Savu Group and/or Savu.
Compare: 142 112 117 111
Literature: Nearly identical. Nearly identical cloth in Duggan, Ikats of Savu, Fig. 72; and to hi'i in Duggan, Woven Stories, P. 85 top. Also very similar to hi'i in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 224, Yoshimoto, Ikat, Fig. 152, and to our PC 142, but with larger number of wohapi.
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