Ibu Yulitha Sako has handspun and dyed the cotton for the background to this fine example of buna work from her area. She has created the motif by wrapping commercial cotton that she has coloured in a lovely range of natural dyes into the weaving process on a simple backstrap loom.
Her motif bands are representative of her clan and their totemic guardian spirits and she has danced the centre with a fine sprinkling of motif bands.
173cm long x 20cm wide.
68″ long x 8″ wide.
Timorese Textiles are a tradition in their own right. 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. Woven on a simple backstrap loom using 3 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 where the weft threads are “pulled” through to create a “negative” image on the reverse side. BUNA is where embroidery thread is wrapped into the weft 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. Close up images available upon request.