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Ikat from Timor-Leste, Timor, Indonesia

002 Timor, Timor-Leste

Beti (blanket)  magnifier

Origin: Timor, Timor-Leste
Locale: Ambenu (Ocusi), the East-Timorese exclave in West-Timor. Capital Pante Macassar or village in the lower elevations. Atoni people.
Period: Circa 1950.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 97 x 165 cm (3' 2" x 5' 4")
Design: Beti naik (men's blanket in Dawan). Bands of indigo and white ikat, alternated with bands of coloured stripes (red, yellow, green, black). The main motif, called kaif, represents ancestral relationships.
Comment: Beautiful example of Ambenu style, with excellent weaving. Well used. Rather thick, yet supple yarn. Has a faint skatol smell of ageing indigo. Cloths from Ambenu, especially older one, are rare because of the area's isolation.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and Timor-Leste.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15. Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery, 2017.
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014.
Compare: 256 169 118 189
Literature: Nearly identical to beti naik from Taiboko village in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Fig. 194, very to rather similar to Plates 192, 193. See also Chapter Very similar to Ambenu beti in Fundação Oriente, Povos de Timor, Povo de Timor, p. 23 Fig, 2. Also very similar to our (substantially older) PC 169, 118 and 169, except that the latter two are both symmetrical.
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