Have you ever heard about Tana Toraja? It is a city in South Sulawesi which is known by its unique culture including the making of ikat fabric such as sekomandi, tali tobatu etc. Here we are! This is a sketch for Tana Toraja fabric but not intended to disrespect the utility as a traditional ceremony symbol itself. It is just a sketch that is inspired from its beauty of motif.
The first picture (left to right) portrays a yellow lace added with some accents inspired by cual fabric motif from Bangka Belitung. It is a fabric for real actually but I take it as a lace here. Sorry the motif is not much clear. The second picture is a picture of a counterfeit of Princess Eugenie's royal hat. If hers is black, mine is orange blended with dark brown. Mine is more looks like egg in this picture. Haha! The make up is simple purple to match the purple accent. The neck accessories is just a yellow-orange-brown necklace to fulfill the chest area. The third picture is a purple pleated fabric (yeah I don't know what the term is :p) Shoes? Merely a couple of orange gladiator shoes complete the look.
This is the main character of this design. The real ikat fabric has triangle field and dramatical look-alike bow motif. It is arranged criss-cross, zig-zag, hook motif and sekon which is a stilasi of human body depiction. In the past, a big size of ikat fabric used to use for paying tax and being a peace sign for aristocratic feuding. Until now, ikat fabric in Tana Toraja is used to be blanket for funeral ceremony. It is because Tana Toraja's people are very revere to their ancestor so that funeral ceremony is very preferred. Now, the function is almost changed. The tourists buying this fabric often use it to complement their appearance. Moreover, other Toraja's fabric: weaving fabric, is used as Toraja's traditional clothing. This turnover of function can not be avoided. The most important thing is the high valued cultural heritage is not lost.