W1279-Biboke TTU


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Handwoven by Ibu Lani Natois from the village of Kuluan near the famed weaving centre of Biboke in TTU West Timor. She uses a simple backstap loom with a combination of commercial and natural morinda dye on commercial thread to create this tasteful 2 panel, 3 colour ikat that is indicitive of the area. Mens blanket – mau’ana with Kai mutu motif.

94cm wide x 206cm long.

37″ wide x 81″ long.

During the 1990s a collaboration between the Northern Territory Museum and the weavers of Biboke sought the sanction of the tribal leaders to allow some of the royal motifs to be created on certain textiles and made available for sale to the wider world. 

US/Canada/Middle East=$25.00 to 750g/1lb7oz.

France/UK/Spain/Rest of World=$29.75 to 750g/1lb7oz.

Asia/Pacific=$21.75 to 750g

Australia=$11- to $16- to 2kg.  

You are welcome to combine shipping.

Insurance or registered additional. Sea freight available to 1 & 2.  

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.


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