Utan HawatanCeremonial Sarong
Members of the Kelompok Bliran Sina traditional arts cooperative in Watublapi, Flores of the ethnic group Sika Krowe, work together to preserve the weaving art and music of their community. The name for a woman’s two-part sarong is Utan Hawatan.
This type of textile 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 motif in this textile Manu Atabian refers to the chicken in relationship to humans. The chicken is important in all ceremonies especially marriage ceremonies. It represents the continuation of life. This is among the oldest motifs known to the Sika Krowe ethnic group.
Warp ikat, three panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by Alfida Dua Nina in Adonara Flores, 2015.
152 x 68 cm / 60 x 27 in
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