Savu is a small island to the west of Timor. The people of this island have a strong culture and while many have converted to Christianity the traditional religion Jingi Tiu still prevails. All ceremonies related to land management are overseen by traditional leaders called Mone Ama. Within the Mone Ama is the Apu Lodo ‘Descendent of the Sun’ and Deo Rai ‘Lord of the Land’.
Textiles are an important aspect of ceremonial life. The single panel ikat shoulder scarf called Heleda is worn by men or women for ceremonies and special occasions. The ikat motif on this cloth called Kebeba Rai Jua refers to a butterfly from Rai Jua representing the strong connection that Savu has with Rai Jua.
The people of Savu believe their ancestors came from the island of Rai Jua.
Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven in Nadawawi, Sabu, 2018.
156 x 15 cm / 61.5 x 6 in