The culture of Savu and Rai Jua places great weight on ancestry, birthplace, and community life. The local traditional religion, called Jingi Tiu, requires every member of the village to participate in rituals and ceremonies. This one panel textile, called a Hig’iWo Tellu, is worn as a shoulder scarf. The collective identity of the women descent groups or hubi and wini, and the male descent groups or udu is the basis of Savu culture, a legacy from the ancestors that demands to be honored. Hig’i is translated as blanket, wo means pattern and tellu means three.
The ikat motif on this textiles is called keware hawu is the name for the two wooden beams that are joined at the front of the traditional house facing east and west. This textile can be worn as a scarf or add interest to a table setting.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Sabu, 2023. Size 172 x 49 cm / 67.5 x 19.5 in
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