SO here is one more textile with many many stories depicted.\nYet, I can only make conjecture about the story this piece is trying to tell, until someone from that region comes along and connects all the dots and brings it alive with the cultural paradigm.\nHere is the Batik Textile from Toraja \u2013 made of handspun cotton woven on a manual loom. The Batik art in the field appears to be made using blocks, but the classic Toraja vines on the edges seem to be done by hand.\nThough faded and frayed with age, the tales told in Indigo are still alive:\nAll the important life events seem to be depicted here!\nThe motifs I could spot:\n\u2013 The all important Buffalo\n\u2013 The Phoenix or Rooster?\n\u2013 Ships or Caskets?\n\u2013 Shaman & his rituals\n\u2013 Family life \u2013 Men, women & children\n\u2013 A Hunting Scene\n\u2013 Cockfights & Bullfights or Boar fights?\nAnd the regular Toraja Vines at the borders.\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\n\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\n\u00a0\nAccording to the Toradja, their sacred cloths all called maa\u2019 or mawa\u2019 were made from divinely given yarns. They were prized ritual accouterments used in a number of ways. The designs include the buffalo and other animals that symbolised wealth. The pictorial aspects of Toraja textiles are unmatched in the textile arts of Indonesia!\nBut am looking for a deeper cultural context to the motifs \u2026.\nToradja is not so far away .. maybe someday soon\u2026.\n\u00a0\njm\nJan 2017\nMore images of the motifs of Asset Code 1089 on wovensouls.com\nSave\nThe post Tales Textiles Tell \u2013 Toraja Sacred Cloth Batik appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.