skirt; textile; ei

A woman's skirt made from cotton and dyed with vegetable dyes. The textile has been made by Ina Huri Hegi, a descendant of Tenga Bengu of Kujiratu. The cloth is made in 2 sections and sewn together at one selvedge; one section is the mirror image of the other. The fabric is mainly warp-faced ikat. [The patterning is described as it was woven (as stripes) rather than as worn (as bands).] All ikat patterned stripes consists of undyed warp ends on a red ground. There are two solid blue stripes and the main ikat stripe consisting of a diamond shaped motif. This is based on 'wo kelaku', but no specific name was given for this variation, resembling 'wo kelaku kaji wo pudi' ('the white leaves' here form hollow circles). There is a set of narrower stripes with ikat motifs at either end of each section. The one closest to the join contains narrow black and white patterned stripes, known as 'raja bunga' is created with a floating warp. The dyes used are indigo (blue-black) and morinda citrifolia (red). [See original description for details.]

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