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Ei Ledo

Woman's Ceremonial Sarong

The culture of Savu and Rai Jua places great weight on ancestry, birthplace, and community life. The local traditional religion, called Jingi Tiu, requires every member of the village to participate in rituals and ceremonies.

This three-part tublar sarong, called an Ei Ledo is the ceremonial dress of women from the Hubi Iki or Lesser Blossom descent group. The motifs in the wide bands are specific to each hubi, and sometimes to smaller kinship divisions called wini, or ‘seeds.’ The ikat motif on this cloth called Boi or sea urchin which is a traditional food and is served with coconut milk as part of the annual Pana Rao ceremony. The other motif is Kebeba or butterfly.

Warp ikat, Three panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat Tied, dyed, woven by Tobo Mehe in Kupang, Timor, 2019.
166 x 6 cm

US$ 350

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