Carving out a Future
Carving out a Future
Carving out a Future
Carving out a Future

Carving out a Future


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Young women from this remote area of Sulawesi will create two textiles at the same time; tying pattern onto threads, dyeing the threads and then weaving this into cloth. It will take up to 2 months to complete the work and the income she receives for this is substantial to help her family. The motif on this textile tumba-tumba refers to a spear head or sharp point. Spears, axes and other means of carving out a livelihood would often be used in the gift exchange at marriage.

On the western slopes of the Toraja highlands, the To Mangki Karataun people live in virtual isolation; during the rainy season, their villages are inaccessible for months at a time. In the mythic past the great ancestor descended from heaven to give Karataun weavers four basic motifs known as ba’ba de’ata, the ikat of the divine.

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Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven in Karataun, Sulawesi, 2021. Size 190 x 21 cm / 75 x 8.5 in

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