Ei LedoWoman'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 two-part tubular 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 textile is called Nanida Molai.
This textile is a lovely wall hanging or a throw on a bed or a couch.
Warp ikat, two panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes.Tied, dyed and woven by Tobo Mehe in Sabu, 2019.
167 x 62 cm / 65.5 x 24.5 in
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