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 Morilotong textile symbolizes duality or heaven and earth. Humans live between these worlds. The primary motif on this textiles is called dappu’ which is like a maltese-cross like pattern- complete without breaks. However, within the motif there are breaks in the pattern, to remind us that within any relationship there will be the things that create disharmony and separation. We need to be aware of this potential and work to avoid conflict.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Aksalina in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2017.
200 x 101 cm / 78.5 x 40 in
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