Morilotong is the name for the black and white architectural ceremonial hanging used by the people of Bulo who call themselves To Mangki Karataun in West Sulawesi. The striking black and white textile using mud dyes and the rich tannin from the leaves of the Homolanthus tree. The threads are soaked in a tannin and dyed in particular types of mud and then washed repeatedly in the river to achieve the distinct and clear white and deep black.
This cloth predates the Sekomandi textile which uses red and blue dyes. The black and white of the Morilotong textile symbolizes duality or heaven and earth. Humans live between these worlds. The primary motif on this textile is called tobo sepu. Tobo means carving and sepu refers to the betelnut bag carried by women that contains the lime, betelnut and sirih leaf for chewing betel. It is polite to always have betelnut offered between both the host and visitor. The tobo sepu motif is also found on the walls of the traditional rice barn.
This textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as throw on the bed or over a couch.
Warp ikat, two panels stiched together, open fringes, commercial cotton, natural dye. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Jelita in Mamuju, Sulawesi 2019.
196 x 124 cm / 77 x 49 in
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