Patan is the name for a textile in east Flores when the textile is not yet sewn into a woman’s sarong. A patan is used as a wedding gift for traditional communities in this area. Gifts such as textiles and animals are exchanged at marriage between the bride and groom’s families as a means of creating indebtedness.
The prominent ikat motif manu hutu means chicken and symbolises humans. The focus is on the positive aspects of a chicken’s behaviour such as retreating to the trees in the afternoon which reminds children to return home before nightfall, and how a mother hen would protect its young chicks. Therefore, this motif is a reminder to both children and adults how to function as a family. This textile would traditionally be cut at the horizontal borders and sewn into as two panels to create a woman’s sarong.
This would be lovely used as a throw on a chair or bed.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Sikka, Flores, 2020.
250 x 85 cm / 98.5 x 33.5 in