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. Prior to this many traditional communities did not have this as part of their traditional dress.
The motif is ulu karua refers to the eight traditional leaders who have specific roles and responsibilities for the well being of their community. According to legend, an ancestor was meditating in a cave when he saw an old tattered cloth containing these motifs. He brought this cloth back to his community and the motifs on the cloth were woven once again.
This textile is lovely as a belt or used as an accent on a table.
Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Dorkas in Mamuju, Sulawesi. 2019.
206 x 21 cm / 81 x 8.5 in