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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

208 Timor, West Timor

Tais (sarong)detail

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Amarasi, Atoin Meto people, Oekabiti clan.
Period: 1950
Yarn: Cotton, commercial, fine
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 3
Design: Entire field decorated with ikated bands in white on morinda red, showing the kai e'ne of kaif motif that stands for connection to the ancestors, in a form that is typical for the Oekabiti clan. The middle panel carries two kai e'ne, the two side panels each one whole and two halves turned outward. Narrow accent stripes in black and white sotis (float weave), pinstripes in green and red pred-dyed commercial yarn - a common feature in Timorese cloths since the early 20th C.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] [CHECK DETAILS] Excellent example of a traditional Amarasi ceremonial sarong. Tight patterning, indicating the hand of a master weaver. The three panels have been joined so carefully that the seam is barely visible, and more easily discovered by stroking the cloth. A very lightly used piece in excellent state of preservation.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Literature: Similar to sarong in Barnes and Hunt Kahlenberg, Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles, p. 334. Similar to Amarasi tais from Oekabiti in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plate 8. Characteristic fine stripes in commercial yarn that separate the ikated bands very similar to those in detail shots on Plates 6 and 7. Also similar to somewhat longer sarong in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 252; same kaif pattern, but with nine wide ikated bands instead of seven. Very similar sarong tais worn by high class women on her 'coming out' ceremony after childbirth on early 20th C. photo in Gittinger, Splendid Symbols, Fig. 9.
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