Hand woven in Baun, Amarasi just outside of Kupang. Very few weavings from this area are made available to the open market.
This MAUANA or mens blanket came to me in the bus terminal in Kefa, which is in the middle of Timor. Handwoven by Ibu Mary Takoy on a simple backstrap loom in 3 panels using commercial thread and dyes. Her bold black and white KAIFANA motif on the sides compliment the plain centre. A large beautifully balanced piece.
122cm wide x 196cm long.
48″ wide x 68″ long.
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Timorese Textiles are a tradition in their own right. Still woven on a simple back strap loom and used daily by the Atoni, no two weavings are the same as the weaver is not allowed to weave the same “story” twice. Motifs and construction vary from area to area often changing every 2-3km. Following centauries old tradition the weavers create these masterpieces using 3 very differing techniques. IKAT meaning to tie and denotes the pieces where the warp thread is tied off to produce the motif or pattern and dyed. LOTIS is supplementary weft weaving or ‘float’ weave where the weft threads are “pulled” through to create a “negative” image on the reverse side. In the elaborate BUNA pieces embroidery thread is wrapped into the weft during the weaving process to decorate the weaving. Commercial thread is smoother and thinner than handspun cotton. An amazing reference book has been compiled by Ruth Yeager and Mark Jacobson : Textiles of West Timor ISBN;974-4800-01-1 A worthy and worthwhile treatise for anyone interested in delving into the incredible wealth inherent in Timorese Textiles.