Known as tobo alang, this textile’s pattern refers to the carvings on a rice barn. Used for storing crops, they are always paired with traditional homes in this remote part of Central Sulawesi. The motif evokes the importance of sharing the fruits of a harvest or success with family and community.
The selendang, or shoulder scarf, is a single panel textile made with ikat motifs. It uses the red, blues and blacks typical of the sekomandi woven pieces made by weavers of the To Mangki Karatuan ethnic group.
A textile like this is tied, dyed and woven by a single woman and the sale of the textile represents significant income in this isolated region.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven by in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2021. Size 202 x 15 cm / 79.5 x 6 in
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