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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia
 

235 Timor, West Timor


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Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Anas region of northern Amanatun.
Period: 19th to early 20th c.
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 76 x 128 cm (2' 5" x 4' 2")
Weight: 490 g (17.3 oz), 504 g/m2 (1.65 oz/ft2)
Design: Middle panel decorated with a design of four sets of lozenges, perhaps of botanical inspiration, that are connected to a transverse bar, nine on each side. While not clearly figurative the lozenges vaguely suggest human heads. The sets of lozenges are enclosed on both sides by twelve elongated diamonds connected into a comb like pattern, which is called fut auni. The side panels are decorated with lozenges arranged into a narrow grid. All three panels are further decorated with finely ikated stripes - the size of which also fit northern Amanatun provenance. The piece may look innocuous but is probably related to warfare.
Comment: Several small holes and tears show that the piece has had a long and intense life. Colours are faded, but look all natural. Thread is all handspun, and fine for Amanuban standards.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Literature: No cognates found in literature, nor in museum collections with online search engines. Thanks to James Kase for identifying patterns and region of origin. Below, a modern northern Amanatun fat auni, photo James Kase.

  
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