This exquisite ikat textile is called hinggi are designed as two parts that are joined in the center with an almost invisible seam. They are worn in identical pairs during a man's lifetime, folded over the shoulder and wrapped about the hips. Individual design elements perform practical functions, the qualities associated with each motif augmenting the wearer's personal power during life and aiding his journey to the next world after death. Motifs are usually arranged in three to five bands of varying width. The design traditionally announced a man's social status. The dragon motif ular nangga is a mythical snake-dragon and is symbolic way that a snake can live after it sheds its skin.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, two panels sewn together, commercial cotton, natural dyes, kabakil striped edging and twisted fringe. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Sumba, 2022. Size 300 x 110 cm / 118 x 43.5 in
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