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Ikat from Kisar, Moluccas, Indonesia

275 Moluccas, Kisar

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Origin: Moluccas, Kisar
Locale: Probably Oirata people.
Period: Late colonial period.
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium - plus accent stripes in commercial cotton.
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 65 x 163 cm (25.5 x 64.1)
Design: Sarong has the classic Kisar structure of a narrow ikated strip near the extremities, followed by a plain dark indigo band, followed a main ikated band decorated with the classic rimanu pattern of the Kisar aristocracy, with elaborate tumpal motifs as finials, followed by numerous narrow ikated bands. The wider ikated bands were done in hand spun cotton, the accent stripes in commercial cotton - as has been common on Kisar since about 1925. Rimanu motif shows men in orant position and men in ships with sorsorlol, triple bow and stern extensions, a motif that is sometimes confused with 'double eagles', and is related to the motifs seen in Sumatran 'shipcloths'.
Comment: Some elements of the main ikated motif were decorated with dark lines in what appears to be indigo paste, thickly applied onto the finished surface probably by using a small stick. This kind of additional decoration has not been elsewhere. Ex collection J.H. Lüth. For description of the ship motif, see PC 103.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Moluccas and/or Kisar.
Exhibited: Roemer Museum, Hildesheim (1991).
Published: Brigitte Khan Majlis, Woven Messages.
Compare: 102 103 134
Literature: Depicted in Brigitte Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 311. Nico de Jonge in the 1981 photographed a Kisar cloth in Rumah Lewang Besar on Wetan, the most westerly of the Babar islands, which had been accentuated in the same manner.
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