Morilotong is the name for the black and white architectural ceremonial hanging used by the people of Bulo who call themselves To Mangki Karataun in West Sulawesi. The striking black and white textile using mud dyes and the rich tannin from the leaves of the Homolanthus tree. The threads are soaked in a tannin and dyed in particular types of mud and then washed repeatedly in the river to achieve the distinct and clear white and deep black.
The black and white of the Morilotong textile symbolizes duality or heaven and earth. Humans live between these worlds. The motif is ulu karua refers to the eight traditional leaders who have specific roles and responsibilities for the well being of their community. According to legend, an ancestor was meditating in a cave when he saw an old tattered cloth containing these motifs. The ancestor brought back the tattered cloth to have this motif continued to be woven into cloths of the To Mangki people.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, commercial cotton, natural dyes. Ikat tied, dyed, woven by Megawati in Mamuju, Sulawesi, 2019.
205 x 124 cm / 80.5 x 49 in
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