Sekomandi textiles are used to decorate the traditional houses during ceremonies as a sign that the entire ritual cycle had been performed such as weddings.
The central motif on this textile is called lelen sepu. Lelen is a motif that is originally from the old traditional compound Malolo and is said to represent a cord between people that cannot be severed. It refers to our mutual interconnectedness and is believed to symbolise our interdependence with others. In the same way sepu’ or betelnut is exchanged, it shows a connectedness founded on respect between family or friends and an intention to find a harmonious outcome in the ensuing conversation.
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Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
208 x 139 cm / 82 x 54.5 in
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