skirt; textile; ei

A woman's skirt made from cotton and dyed with vegetable dyes. The textile is old and had been worn prior to purchase in 1999. 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 blue-black stripes, bisected by a lighter coloured stripe. The main ikat stripe stripe contains a variation of the motif called 'kobe morena' with open branches (= female). 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'. The 'raja' stripes are created using a floating warp. The dyes used are indigo (blue-black) and morinda citrifolia (red). [See original description for details.]

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