W1206 – Collected in the field in1996 this textile has been stored and is as fresh as the day I purchased it in the field – I did so in order to have on hand an example of the machine factory weavings that are coming out of Java now. Easily distinguished from their hand woven originals because there is no seam down the centre of the larger blankets. Women can only weave 70cm -80cm maximum on a back strap loom hence any handwoven blanket that I offer has a seam down the centre.
Commercial thread and factory dyes. Large enough and tightly woven with pleasing motif work, it would make an wonderful shawl. blanket or throw. This piece is also exceptionally long and would make a unique table runner for a large central dining table.
225cm / 88″ long
76cm / 30″ width
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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.