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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

005 Timor, West Timor

Mau (Blanket)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Pusu or Lekat, Amanuban.
Period: 1950-1960
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine, quadruple-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 3
Size: 122 x 206 cm (4' 0" x 6' 9")
Weight: 750 g (26.5 oz), 298 g/m2 (0.98 oz/ft2)
Design: Intricate design with scorpions, crocodiles (buaya, symbols of ancestors), birds (kolo, a kind of Timorese garuda), chicken (manu, symbol of male prowess) and other animals in white and indigo covering the entire cloth.
Comment: Attractive and masterful example of a style typical that is typical for Niki-Niki: all indigo on white, no border stripes, entire cloth covered in animal figures. Commercial cotton, very fine, used quadruple ply to give the cloth a substantial feel. A few very light smudges, otherwise in immaculate condition. The alternation of drawing in indigo on white and white on indigo is typical for the desa of Pusa and Lekat in Amanuban.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Compare: 181
Literature: Cf. Amanuban cloth in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Fig. 95. In this piece, too, the entire field is covered in zoomorphic imagery in white and indigo, though without the foreground-background reversal per band that makes this cloth so striking. See also same work Fig. 101c, showing detail of western Amanuban cloth marked by alternating bands with light and dark backgrounds. Ascription of optical reversal to Pusu and Lekat, p. 133.
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