The exquisite sharpness of the white motifs on this deep blue indigo blanket is a mark of a master weaver who takes great pide in her work. Her careful and tedious tying the threads with binds of palm fiber that will resist the repeated application of indigo dyeing is remarkable. The indigo is well finished with no lingering smell of the process which makes it safe to put on your couch or use as a bed throw. The ikat motif karihu depicts a seashell and signifies the ancestor's journey to Sumba crossing oceans as a great eagle in his/her search for suitable land. The deer or ruha pattern that are found on the head and foot of the textile are symbols of power.
The village of Hama Parengu where this cloth is made maintains its animistic ties to the Marapu or ancestral beliefs where they continue to following the traditional ways of caring for the land and maintaining strong social ties.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, two panels sewn together, commercial cotton, natural dyes, kabakil striped edging and twisted fringe. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Sumba, 2022. Size 312 x 110 cm / 123 x 43.5 in
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