Ei WomeddiWoman's Ceremonial Sarong
The culture of Savu and Rai Jua places great weight on ancestry, birthplace, and community life. The local traditional religion, called Jingi Tiu, requires every member of the village to participate in rituals and ceremonies. Savunese women’s ceremonial dress isdefinied by the two major lineages Hubi Iki (Lesser Flower Blossom) and Hubi Ae (Greater Flower Blossom).
The people of Savu have four primary textiles; the ei ledo, ei raja, ei worapi and ei womedi. The ei ledo textile is worn by the the Hubi Iki (Lesser Flower Blossom) and ei raja textile is worn by the Hubi Ae (Greater Flower Blossom). The ei womedi is a primarily dark indigo blue colour. Medi means black. This is an important colour for traditional communities as it relates to fertility and womb which is where life begins.
The ikat motif on this textile is called kerigi, is a traditional basket made from young lontar (Borassus flabellifer) palm leaf. It is used to make offerings to the ancestors using corn, green beans, sorghum which are the primary crops once grown on Savu and given to the people by the ancestors.
Warp ikat, two panels stiched together and sewn as a tube, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Tied, dyed and woven by Bae Dule in Sabu, 2017.
157 x 60 cm / 62 x 23.5 in
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