The Morilotong textile symbolizes duality or heaven and earth. Humans live between these worlds. This is an unusual textile given its rich use of design and depth of colour along with the perfect clarity of the motif. Morilotong is the name for the black and white architectural ceremonial hanging used by the To Mangki Karataun ethnic group of central Sulawesi. The threads are soaked in a tannin from a Homolanthus sp tree, dyed in iron rich mud and then washed repeatedly in the river to achieve the distinct and clear white. This cloth predates the sekomandi textile which uses red and blue dyes.
There are only a limited number of primary motifs used in the making of a sekomandi and all have cultural and social relevance. The primary motif on this textiles is called lelen sepu is a betelnut container which irefers to the need to create social harmony.
This textile is a true collectors choice.
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, 2022. Size 204 x 119 cm / 80.5 x 47 in
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