Pori LondongCeremonial Hanging
Pori londong is a single long panel with a mix of ikat motifs on it. Pori means ikat and londong means long cloth. It would be used for ceremonies such as a funeral procession where the cloth would be carried above the heads of family members, ceremonially connecting them to the deceased.
The motifs on this textile include; ulu karua, the eight original elders, totandung which is said to be the oldest remembered motif made and tonoling referring to village of important ritual ties.
The deep red colour is from the bark of the roots of the Morinda citrifolia tree. Leaves from the Symplocos cochichinensis tree are used in the mordanting process to reach the red colour. The blue-black is achieved by overdyeing Morinda with the Indigo.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes, Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Karataun, Sulawesi, 2019
412 x 60 cm / 162 x 23.5 in