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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

120 Timor, West Timor

Tais mane (blanket)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Waenopu (eastern part of Timor Barat, Belu Regency).
Period: 1930-1940
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, coarse
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 101 x 189 cm (3' 3" x 6' 2")
Weight: 795 g (28.0 oz), 416 g/m2 (1.36 oz/ft2)
Design: Belu style: scores of narrow ikated stripes (overall tone soft pink) flanking two bands with geometrical design in white on indigo, called leunkah, a variation on the kaif motif, representing connection with the ancestors.
Comment: Old and visually attractive Timor blanket in Belu style with excellent weaving and pleasant tonality. Immaculate condition. Note that the design suggests three panel construction, though it is made of two - a common feature in the area. The finest ikated patterns are only two threads wide, meaning that (since the two panels were made at the same time), the ikating was done on skeins merely four yarns wide - which places this weaving among the most finely made ikat made anywhere in the archipelago. Ex collection Verra Darwiko.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Literature: Very similar to tais mane from Manulea, Malaka Tengah, in Yeager & Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plate 229. Leunkah motif illustrated on Belu-style tais mane from Manulea, Fig. 168.
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