W1280-Miomafo TTU


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Handwoven on a simple backstrap loom from the famed Miomafo area in TTU West Timor. Executed in 3 panels, the exquisite ikat or tie dye motif work in the central panel is from natural indigo and the side stripes are commercial dyes. All commercial thread.

The intricately tight FUTATONI or anthropomorphic figure translates well in the central panel of this stunning mens blanket – mau’ana. Note the large figure that ‘gives birth’ to the descendingly smaller figures nestled beneath each other. The figure is adorned  birds – kolo and flowers which are speckled about. Also note the smaller ATONI figures in the side bands. I come across one or two weavings from this area every couple of years and they always make my heart sing.

109cm wide x 183cm long.

43″ wide x 72″ long.

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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