Threads Of Life

Pori Londong

Ceremonial Hanging

IDR 11,714,286

In stock

Item Code: T02.SW.SL.XXXX.503

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; tonoling, the name of a compound near Rongkong to the north of the Karataun weaver group. This motif refers to the relationship through marriage between the two areas. This motif is a reminder of the importance of relationships, And tobo sepu, Tobo means carving and sepu refers to the betelnut bag carried by women that contains the lime, betelnut and sirih leaf for chewing betel. It is polite to always offer betelnut by both the host and visitor. The tobo sepu motif is also found on the walls of the traditional 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 made in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
400 x 68 cm / 157.5 x 27 in

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