Ethnic Jewels

An appreciation of ethnic jewellery and adornment

The diamond symbol is equivalent to the mamuli ornament found in that region of the archipelago. The pattern is made by tying coconut husks to the cotton warp fibers. These resist the dye. The dyes typically include natural compounds such as indigo and tumeric. The process of making an ikat is very labor intensive.

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Comment by Edith D on September 19, 2017 at 8:23

Here is what the same symbol looks like in jewelry.  Yet another example of how the iconography overlaps in different arts!

Comment by Edith D on September 19, 2017 at 8:22

Warp fibers with coconut husks before dying.

Coconut husk fibers before being tied to warp.



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