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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

081 Timor, West Timor

Blanket  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Subun, Western Insana, North Central Timor.
Period: 1950-1960
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun and commercial
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 3
Size: 104 x 192 cm (3' 4" x 6' 3")
Weight: 745 g (26.3 oz), 373 g/m2 (1.22 oz/ft2)
Design: Wide middle panel in plain dark indigo - with the hard to achieve deeply saturated, nearly black tone that is typical for Insana - flanked by side panels decorated with numerous narrow stripes, about a third of them ikated, and central bands with intricate kaif motifs in white on indigo.
Comment: Good, tight weaving and pleasant colours. Twisted fringes. Like many Timor blankets the cloth is slightly wider at one end than at the other. The indigo midfield is certainly made of handspun thread. The ikated bands appear to have been done in hand spun cotton as well, double ply, but microscopic analysis is inconclusive. The accent stripes were done in doubly ply commercial cotton. Excellent overall condition. Older than it looks. Faint skatol smell of ageing indigo.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Compare: 095 133
Literature: Near-identical to example in Art Gallery NSW, Acc. Nr. 192.2005 but more intricate. Near-identical to beti in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plate 143, but almost certainly older. Similar to our PC 172. Very similar to blanket in Yoshimoto, Ikat, Fig. 186.
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