This cloth is locally known as a tiara a man’s single panel head cloth, used for everyday and ceremonies. Women also use it as a shoulder cloth for ceremonies.
The motif on this textiles is called wala mangata is a poisonous flower. It usually grows during the rainy season between January to February. The wala manggata plant is often planted around a crop to keep birds away. The motifs of the cockatoo and deers show their heads turning to the side, a reminder that our ancestors are always there beside us to help us on our path.
This is a great piece to wear by a man or woman and then place it on a hanger on the wall.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, with twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied dyed and woven in Sumba, 2023. Size 256 x 33 cm / 101 x 13 in
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