Saturday, 12 November 2016

Ikat coffin cover or skirt

Indonesia, Roti island, c. 1900
Handspun cotton, natural dyes, warp ikat

This piece consists of two panels joined together along the selvedge. It was found as one of a pair. It could be a tubeskirt that has been unstitched. On the other hand, it is also believed to have been a coffin cover, due to the thicker handspun yarn and uncommon design format of plain black bands and rows of x motifs across the centrefield. In person, the piece has a sombre character.

Excellent condition, no stains, holes or tears. The handspun cotton has a firm, slightly stiff hand and is sandy to the touch. The colours have darkened over the years and are rich and soft.

Width: 128 cm. Length: 88 cm.

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