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Ikat from West Timor, Timor, Indonesia

289 Timor, West Timor

Mau (Blanket)  magnifiermicroscope

Origin: Timor, West Timor
Locale: Amanatun
Period: 1930-1950
Yarn: Cotton, hand-spun, fine - plus pinstripes in commercial thread.
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 1
Size: 85 x 170 cm (2' 9" x 5' 6")
Design: Two identical panels joined along a selvedge, both decorated with numerous ikated bands in parallel, the widest of which show seven concatenated motifs that in all likelihood represent crocodiles. Fine pinstripes in double-ply red, salmon and pale green commercial thread. The ikat work was all done in hand-spun cotton and vegetable indigo, some of the details a mere two threads wide.
Comment: Classic Amanatun gentlemen's cloth of an older generation. All handspun cotton and natural dyes except the narrow red pinstripes. Good, clear ikat and strong colours. Good state of preservation. One very small hole with old repair, about one inch of selvedge missing on one panel. From old Dutch collection.
Background: Additional information in chapters on Timor and West Timor.
Compare: 244
Literature: Near-identical to Amanatun mau from the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territories in Yeager and Jacobson, Textiles of Western Timor, Plate 44. Yeager and Jacobson identify the figures as human. Actually, in the piece they depict, the animals have been less heavily stylized, hence are more easily recognizable. This kind of stylisation is also seen in Amanuban. See PC 244.
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