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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

145 Savu Group, Savu

Ei (sarong)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Could be either Hubi Ae or Hubi Iki. (Motif not restricted.)
Period: 1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 53.5 x 163 cm (1' 9" x 5' 4")
Weight: 710 g (25.0 oz), 407 g/m2 (1.33 oz/ft2)
Design: Ei raja. Main motif probably (variation on) lehu which is not restricted to any group. Repeated thrice in each panel, in conformity with tradition. 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: Excellent weaving, tight patterning. Cloth has a somewhat sturdy feel due to the fairly heavy hand spun cotton. Weight is well over the average for Savu. A full asli Savu sarong with natural dyes only and a very pleasant, warm tonality.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Compare: 010 026 136
Literature: Genevieve Duggan, Ikats of Savu, Fig. 15. Overall layout very similar, main motif in the widest bands not quite identical. Khan Majlis, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 432, nearly identical. Similar piece in Boston Museum of Fine Arts, No. 27.467.
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