VINTAGE IKAT PILLOW – INDIGO / FORGET-ME-NOT – LARGE

$190.00

 

SOURCE: SABU

AGE: APPROXIMATELY 30 years

DIMENSIONS: 16″ x 24″

COMPRISING: FACE FABRIC: 100% COTTON; BACKING FABRIC: 100% LINEN; ZIP: SOLID BRASS; INSERT: OVERSTUFFED DOWN + FEATHER

PALETTE: A deep indigo ground with ecru patterns and bands of forget-me-not blue. FEATURING AN OATMEAL LINEN BACKING AND BRASS ZIP.

MOTIFS: THE MAIN WIDE VERTICAL BLUE BAND FEATURES two stylised floral forms that represent the weaver’s clan affiliation, or ‘wini’, AND THE BANDS EITHER SIDE INCLUDE ikat dots and ‘kekama hara’ motifs, OR ‘LONTAR BASKET HANDLES’.

TEXTILE DETAILS: THE INDONESIAN WORD ‘ikat’ means to ‘tie’ or ‘bind’, WHICH ALLUDES TO THE INTRICATE AND MASSIVELY LONGWINDED PROCESS OF CREATING THESE INCREDIBLE TEXTILES.  FROM PICKING THE COTTON TO SNIPPING THE FINAL THREAD, a single piece can take upwards of 14 months to create, AND IT’S NOT UNCOMMON TO TAKE SEVERAL YEARS.

THIS VINTAGE FABRIC COMES FROM A TUBE SKIRT, A ‘POU DULA BUNGA’, WHICH IS THE traditional female dress in many parts of indonesia.  TWO IKAT TEXTILES ARE STITCHED TOGETHER TO FORM A LONG NARROW ‘STRAPLESS DRESS’ {IN WESTERN TERMS}, WHICH IS THEN WRAPPED AROUND THE BODY.

THE LARGER INDIGO BANDS ARE KNOWN AS A ‘medi ae‘, OR ‘WIDE ONES’, AND THE SMALLER BANDS ARE CALLED ‘roa‘, OR ‘NARROW ONES’.

THE DYES USED IN THIS PILLOW ARE 100% natural vegetable dyes.  THE VARIOUS SHADES OF BLUE ARE FROM THE LEAVES OF THE INDIGO PLANT, AND THE ECRU SHADE OCCURS WHERE THE wrapped pandan leaves prevent the dye from entering the threads.

FOR more information ON / GRATUITOUS IKAT PHOTOS OF SABU GOODIES, CLICK THROUGH {HERE} TO DEMAND AUTHENTICITY.

WRINKLES: THE OCCASIONAL WRINKLE OR SUNSPOT THAT SOME OF OUR PIECES HAVE ACQUIRED OVER THE YEARS, AS WELL AS THEIR HANDMADE  QUIRKS, ARE PART OF THEIR one of a kind artisanal charm.  THE HAND-SPUN COTTON LEAVES A FEW VERY SMALL NUBS IN THE FABRIC – PLEASE ZOOM IN TO THE PHOTOS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

DESIGN TIPS: COMBINE WITH A SOLID OR LARGE-REPEAT PATTERNED PILLOW IN A SIMILAR PALETTE OF BLUES/PURPLES, OR go bright with a peach or aqua.

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