textile; skirt; ei

A woman's skirt made from cotton and dyed with vegetable dyes. It has been overdyed with synthetic dye in the last bath. The textile was made by Ina Kaja Ha'e. The cloth is made in 2 sections on a backstrap loom. 2 length are 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 are cream on a red ground. The two solid blue-black stripes, called 'medi ae', are bisected by an ikat stripe with 'boda' motifs. An ikat stripe with the same motif is central in a striped section at the selvedges forming top and bottom of the skirt. The main ikat stripe contains a diamond-shaped motif, called 'wue jara', also known as 'heve jue'. The remaining part of this section consists of 7 narrow ikat patterned stripes bordered by coloured lines. Alternate ones are framed by toothed stripes. The dyes used are indigo (blue-black) and morinda citrifolia (red). [See original description 1 and 2 for further details.]

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