Yippee yai yay, I am so glad the women are still weaving today. Ayotupas women create some of the most distinctive of all the West Timorese textiles.
Handwoven on a simple backstrap loom by Ibu Aximina Maubanu on a background of cotton she has hand spun and dyed herself. By skillfully wrapping the embroider thread around the warp thread during the weaving process Aximina is able to create these visually stunning masterpieces. This cloth carries a very tidy example of a water bug motif surrounded by tupketa or edge of the bed comes in to the cloth motif.
184cm long x 32cm wide.
72″ long x 12.5″ 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.