This amazing ceremonial cloth was handwoven by the Torajans of Sulawesi, Indonesia.
It is perfect for the boho and tribal interior style. Will be great as a wall hanging, bed cover or blanket. Suitable for soft furnishings too.
▪︎ 164cm x 123cm (64" x 48.5") excluding fringes
Woven in two pieces and joined in the middle to form a bigger piece.
▪︎Kalumpang, West Sulawesi
The word ikat comes from a Malay word meaning to tie. The yarn are being tied or bound first, as a form of resist, in the desired design and then dyed before being woven into textile. Hence the frayed look in the motifs typical of ikat fabric.
The word Sekomandi is made up of two words, 'Seko' which means brotherhood or family kinship and 'Mandi means strong or close. Hence Sekomandi can be interpreted as "strong family bond", represented by the classic ancient Toraja pattern of interlocking motifs, sometimes interpreted as a genealogical pattern: the hooked arms and legs of the rhomboid human form.
The textile is regarded as sacred for use in elaborate ceremonies and rituals to honour the dead. It is also a high value medium of exchange. These cloths tend to witness and blessed important events and handed down to successive generations.
This piece is in Lelen Sepu design. Lelen refers to our mutual interconnectedness and interdependence with others that cannot be severed. Sepu or betelnut is an important part of hospitality in the community, offered to every visiting guest with the intention of a harmonious relationship and respect between family and friends.
**pictures are very close representation of the colours but not 100% due to different light conditions and different viewing screens. Please sent me a message if you would like more informations.