Teara HaringgiShoulder Cloth or Head Wrap
This cloth would traditionally worn over the shoulder by a woman or tied around the head by men as part of traditional dress.
A headdress would have the fringe pointing upward while the hip cloth would be worn with the fringe downward – an acknowledgement of the realm of the ancestors and the spirits of the earth and living between these worlds.
Supplementary patterns such as these are heirlooms handed down from grandmother to her grand daughter when she marries so that the traditional patterns will continue. This pattern is called kepaki rianja which refers to a dancing frog- a frog being a symbol of the ancestor. There is also a horse motif between the frog symbols. This is a motif that can only be woven by a master weaver of high nobility.
Floating warp patterning, single panel, twisted fringe, handspun cotton and natural dyes. Made by Prai Yawangu, East Sumba, 2003
160 x 38 cm