Threads Of Life

Pori Londong

Ceremonial Hanging

IDR 15,714,286

Out of stock

Item Code: T02.SW.BI.XXXX.2018

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; 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 and Tobo alang which refers to the carvings on a rice barn, Other motifs include; tosso balekoan which represents a niddy-noddy that is used for making skeins of yarn after being spun from cotton and Rapang is the name of an arid area located high in the mountains near Batuisi where people would hide during the Dutch colonial rule.

This stunning cloth of incredibly high quality is beautiful as a wall hanging or used as throw.

Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
446 x 70 cm / 175.5 x 27.5 in

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