In Sumba the motif kapaki rianja refers to a “dancing frog”. The pattern encircling it is called kataru pangat which means a fence (winggir) made of the bodies of an inch worm. The frog is an important symbol in dry areas like Sumba as rain is so vital. The frog will appear when it rains and the Sumbanese see the frog as a messenger from god that the people’s prayers have been heard.
Supplementary warp patterning, single panel with twined fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes.
Made in Parai Yawangu, East Sumba, 2003.
220 x 27 cm / 87 x 10 in