Higi Wo HapiMan’s Traditional Hip Cloth
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. The collective identity of the women descent groups or hubi and wini, and the male descent groups or udu is the basis of Savu culture, a legacy from the ancestors that demands to be honored.
Hi’gi translates as blanket, wo refers to the white pattern This textile is defined by its five stripes and is worn as a man’s hip cloth for ceremonies.
Warp ikat, single panel, twisted fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes.
Tied, dyed and woven by Obo Dule in Sabu Raijua, 2019.
184 x 65 cm / 72.5 x 25.5 in
Textiles and Their Culture: Adonara Island | Bali Island | Flores Island | Java Island | Kalimantan Island | Lembata Island | Savu & Rai Jua Islands | Sulawesi Island | Sumba Island | Timor Island
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