Threads Of Life


Architectural Hanging

IDR 6,428,571

Out of stock

Item Code: T02.SW.BI.1542

Morilotong is the name for the black and white architectural ceremonial hanging used by the To Mangki Karataun ethnic group of central Sulawesi. The threads are soaked in a tannin from a Homolanthus sp tree, dyed in iron rich mud and then washed repeatedly in the river to achieve the distinct and clear white. This cloth predates the Sekomandi textile which uses red and blue dyes.

The black and white Morilotong textile symbolizes duality or heaven and earth. Humans live between these worlds. The primary motif on this textile is called totandung and is said to be the oldest known motif by the To Mangki weavers. It is said to mean “to celebrate our success and to be generous.

Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2017.
211 x 125 cm / 83 x 49 in

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