For the To Mangki Karataun people of Central Sulawesi, the koko motif on this shoulder cloth represents a deep depression in the earth that cannot be returned to its normal state. This symbolizes a commitment that must be upheld, or the bonds of a relationship that cannot be broken.
From tying the patterns onto threads, dying them using mud and tannins to achieve the colorfast black, then weaving them on a backstrap loom, a young woman in this remote region will perform the entire process, which can take up to two months to complete. The sale of these cloths represents substantial income for her family.
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 212 x 20 cm / 83.5 x 8 in
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