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Ikat from Timor-Leste, Timor, Indonesia

286 Timor, Timor-Leste

Tais duka (shawl)

Origin: Timor, Timor-Leste
Locale: Covalima (Cova Lima), Tetun people.
Period: 1960
Yarn: Cotton, hand spun, fine [CHECK]
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 60 x 175 cm (23.6 x 68.8)
Design: Classic design for tais duka. Field dived into four identical sections across the warp. Numerous ikated bands and stripes, the largest carrying four diman motifs per section on each panel. Red stripes were done in letros, silk. Yellow stripes probably as well, but this could not be verified.
Comment: [PHOTOGRAPHY PROVISIONAL] A tais duka is one of the three specific types of men's cloths that are exchanged during marriage gift exchanges, barlake. One tais duka must be given by the bride's family. Tais duka are worn folded and draped over the shoulder by men who have the responsibility to advise family and neighbours of a death. Tais duka are also worn at harvest ceremonies and the inaugurations of sacred houses. Twisted and knotted fringes. Vintage example with ikat in natural colours - a rare find. About one inch of very slight wear on one of the selvedges, otherwise in immaculate condition.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Timor and/or Timor-Leste.
Literature: Very similar to tais duka in collection of Timor Aid, FS01, but probably a little older. Similar to example in Barrkman, Textiles of Cova Lima, Fig. 3. Rather similar to recent example from collection Alola Foundation in Hamilton and Barrkman, Textiles of Timor, Fig. 8.7, but with natural dyes rather than synthetic.
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