There are at least six important textiles used by the ethnic group of To Mangki people of on the western mountain range of Toraja who refer to themselves as Toraja Karataun.
This extraordinary four and half meter pori londong is a single panel with a mix of the important ikat motifs on it. Pori means ikat and londong means long cloth. It would be used for ceremonies such as a funeral procession where the cloth would be carried above the heads of family members, ceremonially connecting them to the deceased.
The central motif on this textile include; ulu karua which refers to the eight traditional leaders each having specific roles in the community such as ritual, land administration, agricultural cycles and social relationships. Other motifs include; tonoling, the name of a compound near Rongkong to the north of the Karataun weaver group. This motif refers to the relationship through marriage between the two areas. This motif is a reminder of the importance of relationships and totandung and is said to be the oldest known motif by the To Mangki weavers. It is said to mean “to celebrate our success and to be generous.
This is a rare textile for its very detailed work and exquisite colour nice for wall hanging or used as throw.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, single panel, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019. Size 404 x 50 cm / 159 x 19.5 in
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