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Ikat from Savu, Savu Group, Indonesia

231 Savu Group, Savu

Ei (sarong)microscope

Origin: Savu Group, Savu
Locale: Hubi Iki, probably wini Jawu.
Period: 1940-1950
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine, double-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 60 x 172 cm (1' 11" x 5' 7")
Weight: 525 g (18.5 oz), 254 g/m2 (0.83 oz/ft2)
Design: Motif of the widest ikat band, hebe, is called wokelaku. The blue edges of the seam, béka, mark this sarong as belonging to the moiety Hubi Iki. Narrow stripes decorated in supplementary warp.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] Excellent example of the type with clear, tight ikat and good colour saturation. Very well preserved. The sarong is marked with a little zigzag in white thread, bunga wurumada, signalling completion of the ceremony required after the weaving and before sewing the cloth into a sarong. Indigo weft.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Savu Group and Savu.
Compare: 010 026 136 144 145
Literature: Near-identical example in Duggan's contribution in La Fibre des Ancêtres, Fig. 12, which was made in Loko Joba, Mesara district. Also near-identical (but with the red seam edges of hubi ae) in Duggan, Woven Stories,, p. 11; and to ei worn by a woman on a photo by Duggan depicted in Breguet, From Cotton to Cloth, p. 158.
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