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Ikat from Timor-Leste, Timor, Indonesia
 

291 Timor, Timor-Leste


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Origin: Timor, Timor-Leste
Locale: Bobonaro, Kemak people
Period: 2017
Yarn: Commercial cotton, medium
Technique: Warp ikat
Panels: 2
Size: 115 x 220 cm (3' 9" x 7' 2")
Weight: 860 g (30.3 oz), 340 g/m2 (1.11 oz/ft2)
Design: This type of cloth was traditionally worn for an annual ceremony performed at the peak of Mt. Ilat Laun, usually held in September, to invoke rain. It was dyed using vegatable and mineral dyes: indido and iron-rich mud. The black band hemmed in between two bands of ochre stippling, while at first appearing plain, has an ill defined patterning in dark indigo that recalls snakeskin. (See Macro.) Note that no relationship to the animal is here implied. Snake motifs, woven in to protect the wearer from snake attacks, are very common on the islands to the east of Timor-Leste, though there they nearly always take the form of snaking lines, and rarely imitate Kodi-style reticulation.
Comment: Woven on order by Milena dos Santos. The acquisition of this cloth represents a departure from the typical acquisition approach. It was made through Timor Aid to secure an example of the unique Bobonaro mud-dyeing technique.
Background: For additional information see chapter on Timor and/or Timor-Leste.
  
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