Selendang or shoulder scarf is a single panel textile that is made with ikat motifs using the red, blues and blacks of a sekomandi made by weavers in central Sulawesi who call themselves To Mangki Karataun. The shoulder scarf became used throughout the Indonesian archipelago when the woman’s top called kebaya became part of the national dress.
The motif patakka kariango refers to the “Y” shape of the tuber Acorus calamus which is a plant used for medicine. This is a structural pattern used as a border as well as a central motif.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Hermince in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2018.
182 x 19 cm / 71.5 x 7.5 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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