Midnight Blue White FlowersEi Pudi Wo Datu
The culture of Savu and Raijua 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. The island of Raijua, just to the west of the island of Savu produces an unusual indigo woman’s sarong called ei pudi wo datu.
Datu refers to the flower of the lontar palm which produces a liquid called tuak that flows from the stalk of the cut palm flower. This drink is an essential food for the people of Raijua especially during the dry season when food is scarce. The ei pudi undergoes a different process than other textiles made in Savu or Raijua. The cloth is woven with threads of indigo and white and then the cloth is woven. It is then overdyed with indigo after the white areas have tied circles using a corn kernel or mung bean to create a pattern similar to shibori. The final over-dyeing with indigo produces the pattern and the overall ground of black blue. It is a stunning cloth and very unusual.
This textile is a lovely wall decoration hung horizontally or vertically. It can also be used as a throw on a bed or a couch.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Tie and dye, two panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, handspun cotton, natural dyes. Tied dyed and woven in Raijua, 2019.
156 x x 56 cm / 61.5 x 0 x 22 in