A cloth like this sekomandi from Sulawesi will take up to six months to complete with a single woman overseeing all aspects of the work, tying motifs onto threads from memory, dying the threads and weaving. All while she continues to take care of her family and work in the fields to bring home food. The sale of these textiles represents a significant source of income for these weavers. Sekomandi textiles are used to decorate the traditional houses during ceremonies as a sign that the entire ritual cycle had been performed such as weddings.
The primary motif on this textiles is called tobo alang which is also seen as a carving on a rice barn. Rice barns are always paired with a traditional house and are important for storing crops for a family household. The framing around this central design is called tonoling a reference to the importance of family and comminty relationships along with our relationship to the earth.
Information about the makers will be supplied with each cloth. Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringes, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed and woven in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2021. Size 206 x 121 cm / 81 x 47.5 in
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