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 huri keware hawu refers to the way a traditional houses has a rounded front aspect in the architectural structure.
This textile is lovely as a decor accent.
Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Ice Tede Dara in Pedarro, Sabu, 2019.
156 x 11 cm / 61.5 x 4.5 in