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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia
 

258 Timor, West Timor


Beti (blanket)

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Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Insana
Period: Ca. 1930
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 85 x 154 cm (2' 9" x 5' 0")
Design: Blanket, beti naik, in two panels. Numerous longitudinal bands, finely ikated with tiny geometrical patterns. Two wider bands with ten stylised jungle fowl roosters, called manu fui in Timorese (Bahasa Ind. ayam hutan) the symbol of virility. Warm overall tonality.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] Older men's blanket with hand spun cotton, all natural dyes, and with drawing of a charming naivety. Colours are somewhat faded due to a long time of use use. One of the selvedges was worn over about 10 cm and has an old repair. Made by a weaver of mediocre skills, hence most likely for a man of modest means. However, when compared with more accomplished examples such as our decades younger and technically more accomplished Manufui PC 094, the question is which would win in a charms contest. A faint smell of skatol, the result of decomposing indigotin, confirms the impression of advanced age. 'Full asli' cloths such as this have become hard to find, even on Timor.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Timor and/or West Timor.
Compare: 094 132 282 285
Literature: Nearly identical beti in Vöger and Von Welck, Indonesische Textilien, Wege zu Goettern und Ahnen, Fig. 24. Similar to beti from Ainiut, Insana, in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plate 154. See also p.153, 154; rooster motif in Fig. 129. Similar to beti in Yoshimoto, Ikat, Fig. 184.
  
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