The Sekomandi signifies the brotherhood of the villagers. The abstract zigzagging pattern represents the human life journey. These cloths are the largest and most valuable ikats of the Toraja. Now very rare, they were woven only in the villages of Rongkong and Kalumpang and traded south to the Sa’dan Toraja.
The Sekomandi shrouds are handed down within families, and must be kept separate from other personal objects at home, because of their use as a wrapping for corpses. Recently they are also used as wedding gifts and decorations in marriage ceremonies. In ancient times, apart from being made for its own purposes, Sekomandi woven cloth used to exchange.
Usually, the woven is exchanged with several buffalo or pigs. In fact, the stages of making Sekomandi woven fabrics are divided into four steps, first is the spinning cotton into yarn, the binding process (making motifs), dyeing the threads, and weaving, so the process from starting to becoming a woven cloth usually takes a long time.