Shoulder Cloth or Head Wrap
This cloth would traditionally worn over the shoulder by a woman or tied around the head by men as a traditional headdress. A headdress would have the fringe pointing upward while the hip cloth would be worn with the fringe downward – an acknowledgement of the realm of the ancestors and the spirits of the earth and living between these worlds.
Supplementary patterns such as these are heirlooms handed down from grandmother to her granddaughter when she marries so that the traditional patterns will continue. This pattern is called rukappa mahawurung refers to birds in flight.
Floating warp patterning, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton and natural dyes.
Made by Pau, East Sumba, 2003 168x 17 cm
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