Teara haringgi is a single panel textile that may utilise supplementary warp patterning techniques or ikat. It is worn as a shoulder cloth by Sumbanese women to complete their traditional dress or worn by women as a narrow head cloth that is sometimes used to hold a decorative comb in place.
Men also wear the ikat teara as a head cloth, but with one fringe pointing upwards and the other draped over one temple, symbolically connecting the wearer to the ancestral spirits of heaven and earth.
The motif Hawi refers to shrimp (Caridea) that swim in the thousands from the ocean up into the rivers symbolising strong family ties.
Supplementary patterning, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Woven in Pau, Sumba, 2019.
168 x 40 cm
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