The incredibly rich color of this cloth is the mark of a master indigo dyer, who has dyed her threads numerous times to achieve the deep blue black.
In the village of Hama Parengu in Sumba where this cloth is made, the community maintains its animistic ties to the Marapu or ancestral beliefs, and still follows traditional methods of caring for land and sustaining strong social ties.
The interlinking star motif, kandunu mapa kelung, denotes social status. The lion, mahang, derives from the image of lions found on Dutch coins and represents power and bravery, while the deer pattern, ruha, symobolizes high caste.
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Warp ikat, single panel, commercial cotton, open fringe, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Sumba, 2019. Size 315 x 58 cm / 124 x 23 in
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