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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia
 

094 Timor, West Timor


Beti (blanket)  magnifier



Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Probably Manumain B.
Period: 1930-1955
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 103 x 189 cm (3' 4" x 6' 2")
Design: Blanket, beti naik, in two panels. Numerous longitudinal bands, finely ikated with tiny geometrical patterns. Two wider bands with ten stylised jungle fowl roosters, called manu fui (Ind. ayam hutan), the symbol of virility. General colour impression indigo with purple.
Comment: Excellent example of the type, with tight ikat work that gives precise contours and favours the figurative elements. Heavy, densely woven cloth. Twisted fringes. According to the reputable seller cloth dates from the 1930s but the author prefers to date it somewhat younger until its age is confirmed.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Timor and/or West Timor.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 132 258
Literature: Very similar to beti from Ainiut, Insana, in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plate 154. However, the authors, on p. 153, indicate that plain red stripes are a hallmark of Manumain B. See also p.153, 154; rooster motif in Fig. 129. Very similar to beti in Yoshimoto, Ikat, Fig. 184, except that here the stripes have an overall indigo and purple tone, instead of red and yellow.
  
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