TatingWoman's Ceremonial Skirt
Tating is a traditional tubular skirt with embellishments of bells, beads and shells worn by the Dayak Desa women of West Kalimantan for special ceremonies. Dayak textiles have always been highly regarded for their unique designs, many of which are woven from dreams.
This textile has two different motifs; sandung and ruit. A sandung is a shrine that houses skulls and bones of deceased family members and ancestors. The sandung is used as a place of worship during ceremonies that celebrate battle victories, and also honour the ancestors and spirits. As a motif it is considered as culturally potent and powerful and is only used on certain cloths and woven by certain weavers. The other motif ruit or spear has both practical and ceremonial uses for the Dayak Desa people as it symbolises different aspects of Dayak Desa culture and thought. Sharp objects are seen as an aspect of the mind. We need to stay focused and disciplined in our thoughts so that we do not cause harm to others and to nature.
Warp ikat, single panel stitched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes, sewn beads, shells, and bells.
Made in Sintang, West Kalimantan 2019.
68 x 64 cm / 27 x 25 in