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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: 1940-1955
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 are decorated with ten stylised roosters or jungle fowl roosters, called manu fui (Ind. ayam hutan), the symbol of virility. General colour impression indigo with purple. As is common with this kind of motif, chicks are used as a secondary motif.
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: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Compare: 132 258 287
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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