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’i Wo 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 boda which means footprint. In Sumba s similar pattern exists called kambiha njara which is a footprint of a horse signifying the importance of this animal to ritual life. 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 154 x 49 cm / 60.5 x 19.5 in
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