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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

206 Timor, West Timor

Tais (sarong)detail  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Amarasi, Baun people.
Period: 1925-1945
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine, quadruple-ply
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 66 x 136.5 cm (2' 1" x 4' 5")
Weight: 450 g (15.9 oz), 250 g/m2 (0.82 oz/ft2)
Design: Sarong in the typical style of Baun. The plain red bands are flanked on either side with a row of half kaif motifs.
Comment: Old, well-worn cloth, very soft. Natural dyes only. Colours somewhat vané, but with enough presence to make a strong overall impression. From old Duch collection. Very good condition.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Literature: Practically identical to probably younger Baun sarong in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of West Timor, Fig. 61. Very similar to one on Plate 10 except that ours has natural dyes only. Very similar to early to mid 20th C. tais in Hamilton and Barrkman, Textiles of Timor, Fig. 219, but with more elaborate design.
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