skirt; textile; ei

A woman's skirt made from cotton and dyed with vegetable dyes. The textile is made in 2 sections which are sewn together at one selvedge; one section is the mirror image of the other. The middle seam of the type ru debo nadu'u (or fishbone) is finely made. The fabric is mainly warp-faced ikat. [The patterning is described as it was woven (as stripes) rather than as worn (as bands).] There are two solid blue stripes and the ikat comprises undyed warp ends on a red ground. The main ikat stripe, contains the motif called 'Ledo' which refers to an unidentified ancestress. The centre of the Ledo motif is 'pusat' or navel of the piece. There is a set of narrower stripes with ikat motifs at either end of each section. The ones closest to the middle seam alternate with broad, blue-black stripes patterned by lighter coloured lines. The dyes used are indigo (blue-black) and morinda citrifolia (red). [See original description for details.]

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