Threads Of Life

Teara Haringgi

Shoulder cloth or Head Wrap

IDR 2,357,143

Item Code: T03.SU.PU.XXXX.359

This delicate single panel textile is called a teara haringgi is worn as a shoulder cloth by Sumbanese women to complete their traditional dress or worn by women as a narrow head cloth that is sometimes used to hold a decorative comb in place.

Men also wear the ikat teara as a head cloth, but with one fringe pointing upwards and the other draped over one temple, symbolically connecting the wearer to the ancestral spirits of heaven and earth. The motif on this cloth is called njapi which refers to a bunch of bananas.

Floating warp patterning, single panel with twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Dyed by Ana Uma and woven by Katrina Utang Manggil in Sumba, 2019.
174 x 38 cm / 68.5 x 15 in

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