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Ikat from East Timor, Timor, Indonesia
 

236 Timor, East Timor


Tais (sarong)detail  magnifier



Origin: Timor, East Timor
Locale: Suai-Camenaça, Suai-Loro or Camenaça village, Cova Lima District. Tetun people.
Period: Circa 1920
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 70.5 x 145.5 cm (2' 3" x 4' 9")
Design: Tais metan with deeply saturated, almost black, indigo field and two bands decorated in ikat with the traditional baria fuan, bitter cucumber, motif, which is actually a stylized version of a patola jilamprang motif. The ikated bands have borders of warp-float, foit, on either side.
Comment: Rare old sarong from East-Timor. According to Barrkman (see work below), this type of tubeskirt is worn draped over a woman's shoulder when she advises family members and neighbours that a relative has passed away. It may also be chosen for everyday use, as well as at ceremonies. This example clearly was used only sparingly. Excellent state of preservation.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Timor and/or East Timor.
Compare: 237
Literature: Near identical to early 20th C. tais metan depicted in Barrkman's contribution to Hamilton, ed., Textiles of Timor, Fig. 8.22 and 8.23. A much younger and less refined tais is shown on Fig. 8.17, making starkly visible the drop in quality over half a century. Very similar to example made 'five generations ago' (presumably at least 100 years ago) by master weaver Bei Ida, shown in Barrkman, The Textiles of Cova Lima, Fig. 7. Idenfitication of motif as jilamprang emulation, Fig. 8.20, caption. Below: tais metan worn during 'Dança de Cobra' in Suai. Postcard, 1950s.

  
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