Selimut (Man's Textile)

Selimut (Man's Textile)


Cotton, ikat dyed

Overall: 189.2 x 61 cm (74 1/2 x 24 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edward Altmann 1981.216



The design of this selimut designates its owner as a member of the Lesser Blossom, one of two Savunese matriarchal groups that controlled life-crisis rituals. Membership in the Lesser or Greater Blossoms was never discussed verbally but only indicated through textile design. Textiles like this, with a very pure form of Lesser (or Greater) Blossom design, were reserved for ceremonial use.

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