Handwoven on a simple back strap loom this scarf has been woven using commercial thread and a combination of natural and aniline dyes. By a young weaver name of Nona Herry Nabuasa Nemnasi from the kampung near the cemetery in SoE. She has tie dyed/ikat this bold Kaif motif that tells of her clan and totemic guardian spirits.
102cm long x 25cm wide.
40″ long x 10″ wide.
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.