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Title

man's cloth

20th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This warp 'ikat' decorated cloth originated from the tiny island of Savu whose people are tenaciously proud of their tradition. These people have a fairly conservative, complex and hierarchical social structure, divided into clans aligned to one of two female groups that control life-crisis rituals. These two groups are known as the 'Greater and Lesser Blossoms'. This textile is worn by men as waist or hip wrappers, wrapped around the chest or draped over the shoulder. The cloth conforms to a banded design, however, it is decorated according to a most traditional design known as 'boda' and 'kekamahaba' (Savu flower and zig-zag). It is worn by someone belonging to the 'Greater Blossom' clan and such a design is regarded as the exclusive property of this clan.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, August 2000


Details


Other Title

selimut (blanket)


Place where the work was made

Savu Indonesia


Date

20th century


Media category

Textile


Materials used

cotton, natural dyes; warp 'ikat'


Dimensions

81.5 x 174.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

276.2000



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