Pinawetengan Tenun Detail on Blue Tweed
STORY BEHIND THE TENUN SILK:
The Pinawetengan fabric is inspired by the carvings on the Watu Pinawetengan, unearthed in 1888 by the villagers of Kanonang, however the stone itself dates back to the Seventh century. The motif illustrates three figures found on the lower west part of the rock, Dewi Karemah, Dewi Lumimuut and Dewa Toar. Their bodies are covered as glacial period made this region a lot cooler than it is today. The Tenun Pinawetengan fabric was worn by the Pinawetengan people of North Sulawesi, however with the growth of the mass textile industry, the local population are no longer consuming their own traditional heritage of this textile. Sadly there are only two Tenun Pinawetengan weaving groups, aided by the indonesian government, with the hope of reintroducing this unique textile. We had the pleasure of meeting the couple who wove this very unique piece on the mountainside of the Manado Region.
The fabric has been specially hand-made and irregularities are a natural characteristic of this fabric.