Utan HawatanWoman's Ceremonial Sarong
Members of the ethnic group Sikka Krowe, on the eastern end of the island of Flores work together to preserve the traditional weaving art of their community. This two-part woman’s sarong Utan Hawatan is used for a wedding ceremony as a gift from the woman’s family to the man’s family. The textile is symbolic of fertility and contains an inherent agreement that the woman and her family will be respected and honored by the man’s family.
The central ikat motif on the blue band is a bird pattern sese weor that is heard calling predicting a dangerous situation. The textile as a sarong can be hung on a wall or as a throw on a bed or couch. It’s a piece of art that will enhance any room.
Warp ikat, two panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Maria Gensia in Sikka, Flores, 2010.
173 x 63 cm