Higi Wo PiduMan’s Traditional Hip Cloth
The culture of Savu and Raijua places great weight on ancestry, birthplace and community life. The local traditional religion, called Jingi Tiu, requires every member of the village to participate in rituals and ceremonies.
The collective identity of the women descent groups are referred to as hubi and within that wini and the male descent groups are referred to as udu. This is the basis of Savunese culture, a legacy from the ancestors that demands to be honoured. Higi is translated as blanket and pidu means seven referring to the seven stripes in the textile.
The motif on this higi wo pidu is called ru dimu which refers to the leaf of a cucumber. Cucumbers are indigenous to indonesia and are important keystone species in these eastern islands.
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 and woven by Helena Djami in Savu, 2019.
172 x 81 cm / 67.5 x 32 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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