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 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 motif is koko’ refers to a deep depression that is found in the earth that cannot be returned to normal or be changed. This is a reference to making an unwavering commitment that cannot be changed or to the bonds of a relationship that cannot be undone.
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 Serliana in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
206 x 114 cm / 81 x 45 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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