Weavings & Tools - incl balls of Handspun cotton

The most comprehensive collection of ikat textiles sarongs, tais, scarf and blankets truly authentic traditional tribal textiles for sale/to buy from NTT Indonesia. Includes Weavings and tools of the trade from Timor , Roti and Alor in the eastern end of Indonesia. All items are fairly traded and I pay the weavers directly for their fabulous and unique textiles.

The creation of Ikat is a specialist talent and only exists in a continuing tradition in a few areas in the world and the weavers of East and West Timor still execute some of the most diverse and intricate textiles on the planet. Construction, colour and motif change every 3-5 km and provide us an excellent representation of the ecclectic tribal clans that still exist in Timor today.

I am reluctant to buy the looms as this means one less weaver creating unique Timorese textiles however I am reassured that new ones are being made. As for the balls of hand-spun cotton…it is getting rarer and rarer to find women still spinning their own cotton as commercial threads makes inroads into this traditional craft. However, sometimes I come across or are offered hand-spun cotton already balled up ready for use. Lucky us.

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