Sash/Ikat Pinggang

Ikat Pinggang/Kidney Belt or Saluf in local language are handwoven on a simple backstrap loom for the purpose of ‘holding up’ the blankets/selimuts/betana that the Timorese men wear. The ends of the sashes are decorated with varying levels of kelim, buna and beadwork making each one distinctive.
There is only one province in West Timor still creating Saluf and the women all reside within 10kms square of the town of Nikki Nikki making this a rare glimpse into what may be a dying art.
Appreciation from the international community will stimulate the weavers to continue this age old tradition.