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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

133 Timor, West Timor

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Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Insana District. Timor Tengah Utara.
Period: 1960
Yarn: Cotton, largely hand-spun
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 4
Size: 60 x 230 cm (1' 11" x 7' 6")
Weight: 1210 g (42.7 oz), 438 g/m2 (1.44 oz/ft2)
Design: Dark indigo field, midsection (comprising about half its length) with wide bands in indigo on white ikat with kaimnatu motif: hook and rhomb design in diamond lozenge (kaif) radiating out from the centre. Alternating stripes in ikat and trade yarn.
Comment: Long tube skirt for formal occasions, slightly askew. The complex patterning in the midsection and its very fine execution are proof of manufacture by an accomplished weaver. Each hook represents a member of the weaver's clan and each dot a totemic guardian spirit. The kaif motif is repeated in many forms throughout the West Timorese ikat tradition. Some vague smudging on plain indigo bottom section.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Exhibited: Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, 2014/15
Published: Peter ten Hoopen, Woven Languages, 2014
Literature: Region identified by Aja Bordeville. Information on patterning by Julie Emery.
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