The sekomandi textile maybe made as two ikat panels sewn together as a wide single textile. Often there are two additional narrow panels sewn on to either side called letek. 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.
Tobo means carving and alang refers to the traditional rice barn. This motif would be found on the intricately carved rice barns as well as on textiles. This would be a reference to importance of storing food after a harvest and is a reminder “to gather the fruits of your labor”.
This textile is lovely on as a wall hanging or used as throw on the bed or over a couch.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Nurhayati in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
216 x 134 cm / 85 x 53 in
Textiles and Their Culture: Adonara Island | Bali Island | Flores Island | Java Island | Kalimantan Island | Lembata Island | Savu & Rai Jua Islands | Sulawesi Island | Sumba Island | Timor Island
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