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 central ikat motif is specific to a subdivision of the lineage called a wini, or “seed.” The ikat motif on this cloth is called Patola Morena a reference to the Indian tradecloths used as currency in the spice trade.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed amd woven by Obo Dule, in Sabu, 2018.
158 x 64 cm / 62 x 25 in
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