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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

216 Timor, West Timor

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Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Biboki, Insana district.
Period: 1950-1960
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 112 x 197 cm (3' 8" x 6' 5")
Weight: 770 g (27.2 oz), 349 g/m2 (1.14 oz/ft2)
Design: Six fairly wide ikated bands with lozenge-shaped motif that probably represents a form of kaif, representative of links with the ancestors; numerous narrow stripes with small ikated snaking and dotted patterns. The overall tonality a pale raspberry red.
Comment: Vintage Biboki beti, made with traditional methods only. While commercial yarns and chemical dyes were adopted in Biboki fairly early on, this piece is 'full asli': made of hand spun yarns, using vegetable dyes. Like many Timor ikat textiles it tapers little towards one end. Twisted fringes. Faint smell of skatol confirms advanced age. Excellent state of conservation.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Compare: 176 177 150
Literature: Similar to beti in Khan Majlis, Woven Messages, Fig. 270. Same colouration and same number of ikated bands, but slightly different motifs.
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