W1924 – Eban, TTU, West Timor, Indonesia. A pre-loved textile from this region still in good condition and evenly faded. Hand woven using commercial cotton and natural dyes. Soft to the touch and drapes nicely. It is large enough to drape over your chair or bed otherwise you can use it as a unique shawl on those special occasions.
180cm / 71″ long
65cm / 25″ width
The ikat image / motif is the weavers representation of her clan motif called KAIF which speaks of members of her family and her ancestors. It has been achieved by tying small bunches of thread in the weft then dying it, this is where the word IKAT [to knot or tie] comes from. She has used natural dyes of indigo and bakaulu or morinda.
|If you wish to gather multiple treasures, and international buyers are welcome, this website and shop cart should allow for it. If not, I will contact you to find the most economical way to send your treasures to you.
I am Julie and have been collecting Timorese Treasures in the field since 1990 when I won a prize for overseas travel in a pub in Darwin [true]. I had no idea at the time that I had stumbled upon an Aladdin’s cave of authentic traditional tribal textiles and treasures. I have been returning annually ever since [well most years] and been witness to many changes across the last 3 decades. Who knows when we will be able to travel there again to obtain such treasures?
NOTE: We use recycled packaging.
Clearly none of us are sure what will happen post COVID, if there is such a thing, but I do know that the villagers, carvers and weavers up in the mountains will be grateful when some outside dollars comes into their informal/circular economy. Therefore every purchase you choose to make with me will benefit the Atoni [people of West Timor] as soon as I can get back there.
I distribute reading glasses and nutritious food seeds as the soil in the western half of Timor is very poor and water a precious resource. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.