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 boda and always appears on a man’s cloth.
This textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as throw on the bed or over a couch.
Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Dale Mudji in Pedarro, Sabu, 2019.
170 x 15 cm / 67 x 6 in
Textiles and Their Culture: Adonara Island | Bali Island | Flores Island | Java Island | Kalimantan Island | Lembata Island | Savu & Rai Jua Islands | Sulawesi Island | Sumba Island | Timor Island
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