Ei RajaWoman'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.
The motifs in the wide bands on a textile such as this are specific to each hubi, and sometimes to smaller kinship divisions called wini “seeds.”
The motif on this textile is called aju ae which refers to a large tree such as wega (Ficus sp.) or kepeka (Sterculia foetida). These trees are believed to contain powerful spirits. According to Savunese tradition, the placenta of a new born baby is hung in a big tree for protection as it is believed to be a sibling spirit of the physical child.
This textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as throw on the bed or over a couch.
Warp ikat, supplementary warp patterning, two panels stiched together, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Tobo Mehe
in Sabu, 2018.
168 x 62 cm / 66 x 24.5 in