Threads Of Life

Pori Londong

Ceremonial Hanging

IDR 11,428,571

Item Code: T02.SW.BI.1947

There are at least six important textiles used by the ethnic group of To Mangki people of on the western mountain range of Toraja who refer to themselves as Toraja Karataun.

This extraordinary four and half meter pori londong is a single panel with a mix of the important 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 central motif on this textile include; Tobo alang which refers to the carvings on a rice barn, ulu karua refers to the eight traditional leaders who have specific roles and responsibilities for the well being of their community. Other motifs include; tonoling referring to a village where there are ritual ties, totandung 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, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
426 x 70 cm / 167.5 x 27.5 in

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