There are at least six important textiles used by the ethnic group of To Mangki people of on the western mountain range of Toraja who refer to themselves as Toraja Karataun.
Sekomandi is one of these important textiles and is used to decorate the traditional houses during ceremonies as a sign that the full ritual cycle had been performed.
The central motif on this textile is called ulu karua refers to the eight original elders. According to legend, an ancestor was meditating in a cave when he saw an old tattered cloth containing these motifs. He brought this cloth back to his community and the motifs on the cloth were woven once again.
Warp ikat, two panels stitched together, open fringe, handspun cotton, natural dyes. ikat tied, dyed, woven in Karataun, Sulawesi. 2016
200 x 134 cm / 78.5 x 53 in
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