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 ikat motif on this textile is called tonoling is the name of a old compound near Rongkong to the north of Karataun and this motif refers to the longstanding intermarriage between the two areas. There is a creation story that there was once a brother and sister that did not get along and one day the boy left and started a new life in a place he called Tonoling. The family then made a motif of the same name to remember him by. Sepali, meaning plain or empty,is a design element whereby the outline of the main motif is empty.
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Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringes, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2020.
202 x 137 cm / 79.5 x 54 in