W1611 – Tetaf TTS


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Handwoven in Tetaf which is near SoE in the central highlands of West Timor. A superbly executed Ikat or tie dying has been used to create this kaifmnutu motif. The intricate design tells of the weavers clan and totemic guardian spirits. Yes June this would be good too as it is not as wide as most scarves.


This very effective image has been achieved by tieing small bunches of thread in the weft then dying it and weaving on a simple back strap loom to create this selandang or bet’ana and represents traditional clothing as it can be very cold in the mountains of central Timor and is soft and smooth to the touch.


An opportunity to add to your collection or give it as a wonderfully unique gift of integrity. Freight additional see table below.


KAIF:    Each ‘hook’ represents a person in the carvers or weavers clan and each ‘dot’ represents a totemic guardian spirit. There are large elaborate kaif called Kai naek and smaller ones with less “hooks” called Kai ana. All are roughly in a diamond lozenge shape, some well separated from each other others butted right up next to one another. The hook and rhomba can be traced back to the patola cloths that came to Timor with the macassan traders in the 16th century and echo through the craft. There are multiple levels of meaning in all Timorese symbology the one described above is the very physical meaning. There are more esoteric meanings that maybe in another 20 years I may just be privy to.

96cm long x 14.5cm wide.

38″ long x 5.75″ 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.

Scarves/Selandang/Betana are worn by both men and women in Timor and serve many purposes. They can keep the sun off the head or balance a pot of water or bundle of sticks or cow feed that must often be carried up to 5km from the source to the village and they keep the chill out on those cold mountain nights.

International  =  AU $9.90

Asia/Pacific/New Zealand  =  AU $7.70


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