Morilotong is the name of the black and white ceremonial hangings used by the To Mangki Karataun ethnic group of Central Sulawesi.
The contrasting colors symbolize duality or heaven and earth, with humans living between these worlds. The primary ikat motif, ulu karua, refers to the eight traditional leaders who are responsible for a particular aspect of community life, such as ritual, land administration, agricultural cycles, and social relationships.
To achieve the distinct, clear white, threads are soaked in a tannin from the Homolanthussp tree, dyed in iron rich mud, then washed repeatedly in the river. The dying and weaving process would take a woman up to four months to complete, while she continues to care for her family and work in the fields to bring home food. The sale of these textiles is a significant source of income for the weavers.
This piece would be stunning as a wall hanging or draped over a bed or sofa.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019. Size 182 x 104 cm / 71.5 x 41 in
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