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.
These side panels are called lete. 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 primary motif on this textiles is called 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.
Warp ikat, two panels stiched together, open fringes, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Harni in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
216 x 130 cm / 85 x 51 in
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