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Ikat from Ndao, Roti Group, Indonesia

125 Roti Group, Ndao

Lafa (shawl)  magnifier

Origin: Roti Group, Ndao
Locale: Village unknown.
Period: 1940
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 86 x 152 cm (2' 9" x 4' 11")
Design: Patola style with truncated jilamprang-like patterns in four bands, and five narrower bands with what look like red crosses on white squares, and numerous narrow ikated stripes. The asymmetric 'Savunese-style' field division is a Roti characteristic, as is the truncating of motifs. Executed in indigo, morinda red and purple. Note the asymmetry (prescribed for this type of cloth): the left panel has three longitudinal stripes on the right, whereas the panel on the right has two stripes on the left.
Comment: Beautiful 'full asli' Ndao cloth with good weaving, age, tender patina, and a pleasant soft feel. Ex collection Verra Darwiko.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Roti Group and Ndao.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 290 011 042 012 003
Literature: On the Savunese style field division as characteristic of Ndao versus Roti see Fox In Gittinger, Indonesian Textiles, p.48
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