Ei WorapiWoman's Sarong
The culture of Savu and Rai Jua places great weight on ancestry, birthplace, and community life. Savunese ceremonial dress for women falls into three main categories ei raja, ei ledo and ei worapi. The two part ei worapi tubular textile worn by women combines elements of the other traditional textiles called ei raja and ei ledo.
The ikat motifs that are in the band called hebe in the ei worapi textile are open to the artistic interpretation of the weaver and may be dyed using three colors instead of two colors such as the ikat bands in the more conventional ei ledo or ei raja. The ikat bands near the head and foot render ei worapi ritually neutral.
The ei worapi was invented with the arrival of Christianity it places all women on equal footing. The ikat motif on this cloth called Ketu Pedi refers to a traditional belt or brooch made from silver or gold which is part of the traditionnal dress for women in Savu.
Warp ikat, three panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Obo Dule in Sabu Raijua, 2018.
158 x 62 cm / 62 x 24.5 in