Migrations of the Ancestor
Migrations of the Ancestor
Migrations of the Ancestor
Migrations of the Ancestor
Migrations of the Ancestor

Migrations of the Ancestor


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Supplementary patterns such as found on this unusual long runner are considered heirlooms handed down from grandmother to granddaughter so that when a woman marries these traditional patterns will continue. This karihu pattern called pahikung depicts a seashell and signifies the ancestor's journey as a Sea Eagle crossing oceans in its search for land for his/her descendant. This symbol is a memory of that journey.

This textile would traditionally worn over the shoulder by a woman or tied around the head by men as a traditional headdress. 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.

The red colour achieved on this textile takes months to process using the bark of the root of Morinda trees and traditional mordant, oil methods. This one-of-a-kind textile makes a stunning statement on a table or hung on a wall.

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Floating warp patterning, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton and natural dyes. Dyed and woven in East Sumba, 2022. Size 180 x 17 cm / 71 x 6.5 in

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