Sabu is a small island to the west of Timor. The people of this island have a strong culture and while many have converted to Christianity the traditional religion Jingi Tiu still prevails. All ceremonies related to land management are overseen by traditional leaders called Mone Ama. Within the Mone Ama is the Apu Lodo ‘Descendant of the Sun’ and Deo Rai ‘Lord of the Land’.
Textiles are an important aspect of ceremonial life. The single panel ikat shoulder scarf called Heleda is worn by men or women for ceremonies and special occasions. The ikat motif on this cloth called ketu pedi refers to a traditional belt or brooch made from silver or gold which is part of the traditional dress for women in Savu. Traditional textiles always contain elements that relate to the way of life within the culture.
This textile is lovely as a decor accent.
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, 2019. Size 152 x 15 cm / 60 x 6 in
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