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Suriname: Back to the Roots – The Ingiwinti Project


Ingiwinti […] is drawing our attention to a mental space where cultural and spiritual traditions meet and negotiate. Its title refers to a series of rituals in which winti — Suriname’s traditional syncretic religion, drawing on the beliefs and practices of several West African peoples — adopts elements from (but is also adopted by) indigenous Amerindian peoples. The color red is traditionally worn by celebrants of ingiwinti rituals. The color also refers to the seeds of the kuswe plant — called annatto, roucou, or achiote in other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean — used as a medicine, a cosmetic, a food dye. And the symbols and motifs patterning the cloth panel are borrowed from indigenous and Maroon art and the Afaka syllabary.

Batik is a technique of wax resist dyeing native to Indonesia and brought to Suriname by indentured Javanese immigrants.

Batik is actually saving colors. Fabric is covered with beeswax. For example, you have a white fabric, and you cover one section with beeswax, which remains white if you put the fabric in a dye bath.


Read the whole story at Project: Ingiwinti, by Sri Irodikromo


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