Handwoven on a simple backstrap loom on the island of Ternate in Alor by Ibu Siti Haji who has used threads of commercial cotton and a combination of dyes from the land and sea to create this great looking crayfish motif on a black background surrounded by bold burgundy strips and motif strips of waves in this large shawl.
Ibu Siti explained to me that this motif was representative of the totemic guardian spirits that guard and guide her island life.
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Ikat may be washed in the delicate cycle of your washing machine or handwashed using wool wash. The colours may run but do not be alarmed this fine weaving will mellow like fine wine.
170cm long x 70cm wide.
67″ long x 27.5″ wide.
Care instructions come with your treasure and this scarf can be posted to you in a large envelope.
Amongst the Islands of Alor, just off Timor, there are enclaves of women whose weavings are as determined as they are to be recognised. Hand woven on a simple back strap loom the women usually use a coarser commercial thread and combine their natural dyes with those available commercially. The ikat motif themes are of the sea that surrounds them and is their life giver turtles and fish , waves and clouds occasionally jelly fish , banyan trees (their Tree of Life), Pelinta – Flowers of the Sea, land animals and reflections on the, still in place, bride price elephants and moko drums. The weaver may produce three pieces that look similar to one another yet each has its subtle variations. The resulting fabric is ideal for use in clothing and accessories and would make original and strong cushion covers or upholstery fabric.
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